Aleksandar Mitrovic has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, which was broadcast on 13 February, that he was trying too hard to impress at the start of his Newcastle United career.
Mitrovic was brought to the Magpies from Anderlecht last summer, and in his first few matches the 21-year-old’s disciplinary record was awful.
The powerful forward was flying into tackles and he picked up three yellow cards and a red in his first six appearances.
Mitrovic now suggests that his initial performances were below par as he was over enthusiastic to catch the eye of the St. James’ Park crowd.
“It was difficult at the beginning,” Mitrovic admitted. “I wanted to show everybody that I was the guy who would score the goals. I was trying too hard to impress the fans.”
Mitrovic seems to have settled into his role at Newcastle now, and he has managed to stay out of the referee’s notebook in his last 14 appearances.
The Newcastle front man has impressed with his desire to help his side, but he does need to start scoring more frequently.
Although Mitrovic’s potential has been clear, he has only hit the back of the net six times in 28 appearances this term; something that must improve as Newcastle bid to avoid relegation come May.