Iwan Roberts talks up Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe

Newcastle United and Sunderland are both battling against the drop in the Premier League.

Iwan Roberts has told Sky Sports News, which was broadcast on the morning of 29th April, that he would love to see Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in a partnership with Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe up-front.

Roberts was asked to pick his combined XI made up of players from Norwich City, Sunderland and Newcastle - the three teams battling for Premier League survival.

Although the bulk of Roberts’ side was made up of Norwich players, due to his affiliation with the Canaries, he had Defoe and Mitrovic playing in tandem up-front.

And the Sky Sports pundit feels that the North-East based duo would make a great partnership, if they were paired together.

“I would love to see Defoe and Mitrovic play together,” Roberts said. “Defoe would be feeding off the big man, who in my opinion is a proper, proper handful.”

Defoe has been in wonderful form for Sunderland this season, and he has enjoyed his best season for years.

Defoe has been Sunderland’s main man up-front, and he has netted 13 goals across the course of the campaign.

Mitrovic has also shown signs of promise in his first season in English football, but he has dropped out of favour more recently.

The Serbian international has played a back-up role since Rafael Benitez took charge, with the likes of Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.

Mitrovic has scored eight times in his first 31 Premier League appearances for Newcastle this term.

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