Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Is a Dream to Play Here. I Am Prepared to Go in Where It Hurts - If It Means I Will Score a Goal, I'll Put My Head Anywhere; Aleksandar Mitrovic on Why He Loves Newcastle and What He Can Bring to the Black-and-Whites This Term

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Is a Dream to Play Here. I Am Prepared to Go in Where It Hurts - If It Means I Will Score a Goal, I'll Put My Head Anywhere; Aleksandar Mitrovic on Why He Loves Newcastle and What He Can Bring to the Black-and-Whites This Term

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder

NEWCASTLE United new boy Aleksandar Mitrovic doesn't need to be told what he is stepping into when it comes to the at times wacky world of the black-and-whites.

As he faced the media for the first time there was confirmation that the 6ft 3in striker is already a supporter of the much-maligned Magpies.

Perhaps one of his earliest memories of watching United neatly summed up the type of scenario that has left fans deflated in years gone by.

Wind the clock back to 2003 when United face Partizan Belgrade - a side Mitrovic would also go on to play for - in the Champions League qualifiers.

Sir Bobby Robson's side thought they had done the hard work with a 1-0 win in Serbia only to slip behind in the second leg and bow out on penalties - with even Alan Shearer missing a crucial spot-kick.

Ever since then Mitrovic claims he knew he wanted to be a Toon player, and now he has his wish.

When asked why he was Newcastle fan, Mitrovic said: "After the game against Partizan I spoke to my mates and they said it was amazing. Even when you watch the game on TV you can feel the passion and everything that comes with it.

"For me it is a dream to play here." Mitrovic will not wear the iconic No 9 shirt like his hero Alan Shearer, but he still feels he can do a great job wearing the No 45 and be just as effective.

The 20-year-old said: "I am a real No 9. I am always in the box and I am strong and good in the air.

"I like the physical game and this is my style. I expect this here."

Already Mitrovic has been described as a "warrior" who has a "bit of devil" inside him by his new boss Steve Mc-Claren. Battle-scarred Mitrovic has permanent reminders of some of his clashes with defenders so far in his career after stints with Anderlecht and Partizan Belgrade. …

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