Mitrovic shares good news about his future, Newcastle fans will love this
By Matt Bullin
Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has claimed the Championship is a tougher league to play in than the Premier League following his side’s promotion to the top flight.
However, despite not enjoying a prolific season, he also claimed it has made him a better player and that he will find it easy to play in other leagues, ahead of Newcastle’s return to the top-flight.
Since his £13million move from Anderlecht in the summer of 2015, Mitrovic’s displays have earned him a fan-favourite status at St James’ Park, and this will be great news to the Toon faithful.
Newcastle secured their promotion to the Premier League last night as they beat Preston 4-1 at St James’ Park.
The Serbian star played 90 minutes and provided an assist as a Ayoze Perez brace and goals from Christian Atsu and Matt Richie ensured Newcastle finish in the top-two.
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The result means they return to the top flight immediately, after being relegated last season.
Rafa Benitez’ side are also still in the running to finish as champions, as they trail league leaders Brighton by four points with two games remaining.
Mitrovic has made 27 league and cup appearances this term and has contributed to 11 goals (scored six, assisted five).
Speaking to the Chronicle Live, the 22-year-old said of the Championship: “I didn’t believe it when they told me that this league is so hard, but for me, this league physically is even harder than the Premier League.
“Personally, I have learned how to play more physically. I have learned a lot of things because I have had a long time to look.
“I haven’t played every game, so I have had a lot of time to learn next to Dwight [Gayle] and [Daryl] Murphy.
“Like I said, I haven’t played, I haven’t scored goals, but I have learned a lot from the guys and from this league.
“It’s been very hard and this will make me a better player for sure and in the future with this experience I have had in the Championship, I can play easily in other leagues.
Newcastle fans will hope that the 27-time Serbia international re-finds his form next season as they look to make waves in the top-flight.
In other Newcastle news, David Ginola posted this message on Twitter after Newcastle secured promotion.