Overweight Striker Too Expensive For Newcastle?

20 year-old Anderlecht and Serbian International striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been linked with a move to Newcastle United for a few months now, and recently he has made the news in the Belgian press for the wrong reasons – because he seemed to be overweight.


Aleksandar Mitrovic – was overweight after Serbian call-up

His agent is 38 year-old former Serbian striker Nenad Jestrovic, who has explained his client’s situation to HLN:

“He let itself go with the national team and he came back five pounds overweight. A catastrophe!¨  “Aleksandar moved little on the field. Look, I then had a good conversation with him.¨

¨I said to Aleksandar: ‘Women, food and entertainment is for later.¨  ¨Now you have to concentrate on the football, because every child in Serbia and Belgium dreams to play for such a great club like Anderlecht.”

One of the things top players must have is discipline, otherwise  as we have seen with some of the Newcastle youngsters – like Nile Ranger as a good example – they just don’t make it in football.

There are several Premier League clubs said to be  interested in the prolific goalscorer  – including Newcastle – and in September Jestrovic said this about that happened during the summer transfer market:

“Benfica and Liverpool were willing to pay €13M for him and Russian outfit Rubin even offered €20M, but Anderlecht didn’t want to hear about a transfer.¨

“His father and I told him that he is still young and he will have a lot of opportunities to leave Anderlecht in the future.¨ “I’m sure that price will be even higher when he moves somewhere else.”

So if that final sentence turns out to be true, it’s hard to think that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley would be willing to pay more than €20M (£16M) for a 20 year-old – however good he is, and Mike will likely look at cheaper alternatives  in January.

And a few days ago Newcastle were linked with a £9M move for 26 year-old German International striker Max Kruse, who is in the German squad these days and currently plays at Borussia Monchengladbach.

This season  in 21 appearances for his club, Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored 12 goals for Anderlecht.

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11 comments so far

  • ToonMatt

    Nov 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #1

    There is no way in hell Ashley will pay that amount for a player, We are going nowhere under his ownership and will be stuck with him for the foreseeable future if these 50,000 keep lining his pockets every week and supporting him and his regime.

  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Repost from Chronicle site in response to some of the dross I read all day.

    I can take people slating Ashley’s apparent lack of ambition and the way we never seem to bite the bullet on certain transfers. And the way we sell before replacing (if we do replace). Even the manager.

    What I cant stand is people that seem to think Ashley is “Out to get Geordies”. If I didnt know better I would think that Geordies were an ethinic minority subject to extreme prejudice.

    It’s total nonsense that would only ever be proliferated by anybody that hasnt ever left the confines of their home county that is drinking the cool aid.

    This whole “Cockney Mafia” nonsense is almost a microcosm the “stab in the back” scenario that fell out of WW1 that eventually led to the persecution of many people.

    MA may appear to lack ambition but in reality what is he doing that many other clubs in the premier league arent? How is it such a bad thing for a club that hasn’t won a trophy in years, isn’t backed by oil money or qatari royalty, doesnt have the global brand strength of Man U, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelski, to be realistic enough to strive to maintain premier league status?

    The fans need to gain some perspective and think with their heads a little more than their hearts.

  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #3


    50k fans do not line his pockets.

    They line the club as a separate legal entities pockets.

    Ive said a million times Mike Ashley and the Club are separate. He may own the club but the club profit is not one and the same as his bank account.

    Go read a book or take a course.

    Or maybe set up your own company and then you’ll understand organic growth.

    Here’s a question?

    Would you be willing to pay an extra £20 per match day ticket if that meant we signed more players. That is what would have to happen.

    We may have more fans at the stadium than most but we also charge a hell of a lot less.

    Look at Arsenal, one of few self-sufficient clubs. They sell to buy and charge a fortune for tickets to raise money.

    I implore you to take a long hard look at the next set of accounts. Study them. And then tell me how MA is robbing the club and the geordie nation.

    Southampton fans understand this. They lost their best players in the summer and replaced with far cheaper prospects exactly like we do.

    Everton do the same.

    Now if you know a rich sheik that is an avid newcastle fan and is willing to bank roll us then line him up for a takeover.

    MA is doing what any other responsible owner is doing by keeping the club self-sufficient.

    We havent won owt, we’re not a big global brand and quite frankly not that many people give a toss about us outside of newcastle unless they have family ties (like myself).

    Name another club in our position, that matches the criteria above that is showing any more ambition than us and is trying to do anything other than maintain top flight status and achieve a top 10 finish occasionally sneaking EL?

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #4

    more expansive than expensive by the sound of it!

  • ToonMatt

    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #5

    @LGFUAD21, You don’t have a clue mate, If they are separate why isn’t the money being reinvested back in to the club? Or the loan amount going down? Absolute garbage give your head a shake.

  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #6


    You’re wasting your time, pi$$Ing against the wind, trying to instil even the basics of business to some of our fellow posters.

  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #7

    12 goals in 21 games not bad but if his agent needs to tell him to curb his social activities, then he’s gonna be a handful as time goes by – especially if the likes of Liverpool were said to be interested in buying him for silly money – as Liverpool tend to do and thankfully, Mike Ashley won’t!

  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #8


    Get a grip man, the profits of late have been small beer. Do you think £3-4m would make much difference?

  • ToonMatt

    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #9

    £3-4m profit? Are you for real?

  • count

    Nov 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Toonmatt, get a grip.

  • count

    Nov 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11

    He’s a multi billionaire!


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