Aleksandar Mitrovic is going through something of a purple patch. Scoring goals for both Newcastle United and national team Serbia, Mitrovic has put earlier season woes behind him.

The striker has had to prove himself to Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, but has done exactly that in recent games, and then carried his form into the national matches. Before Serbia faced Wales, Mitrovic had said the Welsh should be afraid of him and his attacking colleagues, and proved himself right by getting a goal.

That’s encouraged weak rumours of Napoli interest in the player, but he’s still trying to make sure he’s in Newcastle’s team week in and week out.

Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 16.43.51Speaking to Serbian newspaper Blic, Mitrovic explained: “My job is to do well at Newcastle and fight for the first 11, the coach is the one who chooses. If you give me a chance, I will try to use it the best way possible. Goals give me self confidence and help me a lot, so I hope I will continue the run.”

Serbia face Ukraine on Tuesday night in an international friendly, and Mitrovic is keen to get the nod to start the match. If he could keep up the scoring run then it can only be positive news for Benitez and Newcastle.