How to Solve Mitrovic Problem? Tell Him to Stop Tackling

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How to Solve Mitrovic Problem? Tell Him to Stop Tackling


I really like the look of Aleksandar Mitrovic - he appears to be a big, physical unit who can really hold the ball up.

From what I have seen of him in the air he looks an extremely exciting prospect as well.

You have to remember this lad is only 20 years of age.

He has plenty of time to develop into a top-class player and he has all the attributes to do so.

However, his card has been well and truly marked by opposition defenders when it comes to getting him carded.

Personally, I would just tell him to stop tackling - I really mean that. Not even put in a challenge at all, If I was Steve McClaren, before the next game Mitrovic plays after his suspension I would just say to him: "Do not tackle anyone at all."

Instead I'd just encourage him to hold the ball up, run the channels, bring players into play and, most importantly, put the ball in the back of the net - but don't tackle.

I genuinely do not believe any of his poorly-timed challenges have been intentional, I just don't think he actually knows how to tackle. …

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