By Russell Edge

25th Feb, 2018 | 5:31pm

Sky Sports pundit compares Newcastle forward to £57million international hitman

Former Fulham star and Sky Sports pundit Steve Sidwell has compared Newcastle United’s outcast striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to former Chelsea and current Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
The Serbian forward, who is on loan at Fulham for the rest of the season after a deadline day deal in the January transfer market, scored his second goal in as many games on Saturday, scoring the Cottagers’s second goal in a 2-0 win over runaway Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It means that he has scored twice in five appearances for his loan side, three of those outings coming in the starting XI, which is as many goals as he netted during his time at Newcastle during the first half of the season.
Sidwell, who was in the Sky Sports studio for the clash at Craven Cottage, was impressed with what he saw from the 33-time-capped forward, and compared him to Spanish international hitman Costa, who left Chelsea for a reported fee of £57million back in September 2017.
Speaking on Sky Sports Football’s Live EFL programme (24/02, 17:15), he said: “He offers that focal point at the top of the play, if you look at his style, it’s very similar to Diego Costa.
“He’s very bullish, strong and you don’t want to take that away from him because if you do you lose the player that he is.
“What you’ve seen is classic Mitrovic, he wants to feel defenders, wants them to be touch tight, roll them and get his shot away.”
Mitrovic, who arrived at Newcastle from Anderlecht back in 2015, has struggled while with the Magpies, managing to score just 17 times in his 72 appearances across all competitions.
In other Newcastle United news, Frank Lampard has named the one man to blame for the Magpies’ draw against Bournemouth.

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