Hartlepool legend Joe Allon backs Mitrovic to be Newcastle United hero

Aleksandar Mitrovic holds a Newcastle United shirt
Aleksandar Mitrovic holds a Newcastle United shirt

Aleksandar Mitrovic can thrive under the pressure of the Premier League and become a Newcastle United legend.

That’s according to ex-Newcastle striker Joe Allon who wants the prolific Serbian to be handed the Number 9 shirt at St James’s Park.

I wore the No 9 shirt a coupe of times, when he scores he’ll know what it means

Joe Allon

The former Anderlecht striker has penned a five-year deal after completing his £13million move and Allon can’t wait to see him in action.

Allon told the Gazette: “I noticed Alan Shearer welcomed Mitrovic to Newcastle, adding he hoped he scored lots of goals for the club.

“That is the thing - if you score goals then you become a legend.

“I hope he wears the Number 9 shirt because supporters have always needed a big name player to hang their hat on.

“Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald and Shearer have all worn that shirt - all iconic players.

“I had the chance to wear it a couple of times and scored in it once and that is still one of my greatest achievements because I understood what it meant.

“When he scores, he will understand what it means because the roof will come off.

“His goalscoring record last year was incredible and a lot of those goals were scored from crosses, he thrives on that delivery.”

Mitrovic followed £14.5million Georginio Wijnaldum through the entrance door.

Newcastle had to fight off stiff competition for the striker’s signature, with Benfica, Porto and Roma all linked with the highly-rated 20-year-old.

But Mitrovic opted for St James’s Park and Allon says he has all the attributes to be a major success - as long as he doesn’t lose his aggressive side.

Allon added: “Mitrovic has that little bit of the devil in him and for me all good strikers need that.

“You don’t shake hands before the game - shake hands after the game once you’ve put a few in the back of the net!

“There is a fine line between stepping over the mark or not but that is down to Steve McClaren to manage.

“But certainly do not lose all the aggression.

“That can be the difference between having the Eye of the Tiger and not.”

Ex-Hartlepool United and Chelsea striker Allon started his career with Newcastle and starred in the FA Youth Cup Final win over Watford in 1985.

And Gateshead-born Allon is desperate to see new head coach McClaren win the club’s first trophy since 1969.

“It has been a long time since the club lifted a trophy and we have had a lot of managers with so-called pedigrees in that time,” added Allon.

“The likes of Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Ruud Gullit etc

“Everybody was happy with those appointments at the time but they didn’t win anything.

“Some people may have raised one eyebrow when McClaren was appointed but if he does well and wins something then he goes down as a legend alongside the likes of Joe Harvey, Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan.

“Further strengthening at the back is needed but supporters are far more upbeat than they were a fortnight ago.”