Alan Shearer comments on how scoring against Sunderland could impact Aleksandar Mitrovic

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer thinks Aleksandar Mitrovic could gain confidence after scoring against Sunderland.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has told The Sun that he hopes Aleksandar Mitrovic's goal against Sunderland gives the striker confidence.

Mitrovic, 21, arrived on Tyneside from Anderlecht last summer, but has endured something of an up-and-down season, with inconsistent performances and some moments of poor temperament.

However, the Serbian international came up trumps on Sunday afternoon, hanging in the air to meet Georginio Wijnaldum's cross and power a header into the net, handing the Magpies a 1-1 draw against North East rivals Sunderland at St. James' Park.

Now with six goals in 26 games this season, Mitrovic could be the man to help Newcastle drag themselves away from the relegation zone, with Rafael Benitez in desperate need of goals to get the Magpies out of trouble.

One man hoping that Mitrovic can now go on a goalscoring run after finding the net against Sunderland is Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, who is no stranger to scoring goals for the Magpies.

Shearer has told The Sun that he thinks Mitrovic could gain bags of confidence after scoring against the Black Cats, and feels that if Mitrovic doesn't score, he can't see who is going to find the net for Benitez's men - which could be key in the fight against relegation, as Shearer noted how Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe is currently in fine goalscoring form for Sam Allardyce's men.

"Hopefully that late goal can give striker Aleksandar Mitrovic a little bit of confidence — something he badly needs," said Shearer. "Confidence is such a massive thing in football. Just look at Defoe — he is full of confidence at the moment."

"So that strike might just spur Mitrovic on to get another couple of crucial goals between now and the end of the season. Newcastle can only hope so, because they still don’t look like scoring many," he added.

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