Jermaine Jenas has given his thoughts on Aleksandar Mitrovic's season.
Jermaine Jenas has told Yahoo Sport that he believes Aleksandar Mitrovic will come good, but he needs more support to take the pressure off him.
Mitrovic netted eight Premier League goals in 33 games, 21 of which were starts, and also provided three assists, and is the club's second highest scorer, with only Giorginio Wijnaldum netting more (9).
Jenas believes Newcastle should regard Mitrovic's campaign as a positive one despite their relegation, and put more in place around him, comparing him to his former Tottenham teammate Roman Pavlychenko.
"To be fair to Aleksandar Mitrovic, he has had a good first year at Newcastle. He's not an out-and-out goalscorer yet, but he's a handful and you can tell that he will score goals eventually.
"He reminds me of when we brought Roman Pavlyuchenko to Spurs. You can't put too much weight on a player's shoulders when they've never played in the Premier League before, and Roman started slowly.
"But once the likes of Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe came in to support him, he came to life because the pressure wasn't on him to carry the club by scoring all the goals."
After Mitrovic, Newcastle's next highest goalscorer was the talented but inconsistent Ayoze Perez with six, while January signing Andros Townsend scored four.
Newcastle simply have to add to Mitrovic next season, and that is likely to mean Papiss Cisse moving on. Young Adam Armstrong has impressed at Coventry on loan and will come into the squad, but the Toon are lacking an out and out goalscorer, perhaps with Championship experience to call on.
Spurs paid £14 million to sign Pavlyuchenko, a similar fee to which Newcastle paid for Mitrovic, and the Newcastle ace is already ahead of the Russian. Pavlyuchenjo scored five league goals in his first season with Spurs, another five the next, before hitting double figures in his third season, scoring 10.
Newcastle will hope Mitrovic can get closer to 20 in the 46 game season in the Championship in 2016/17.