Newcastle Target Serbian Striker For January Transfer Window

The Mail is reporting (again) that Newcastle want to sing Anderlecht and Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, as Newcastle try to bring in the striker we didn’t bring in last summer.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic – 6′ 3¨ Anderlecht and Serbian striker

Newcastle have done extremely well in the last 8 league games, and we have won six, drawn one and lost only one at West Ham and we have taken 19 points form a possible 24 and at the same time conceded only four goals.

That’s a vast improvement in defense and it’s down to players like Paul Dummett, Daryl Janmaat, Massadio Haidara and of course captain Coloccini starting to play extremely well.

But in those 8 games we have only scored 10 goals and in our 15 league games we have scored 17 goals (we’ve conceded 18) – so one improvement area for Newcastle is to score more goals.

We are a little amazed at just how well our defense has played recently, and we didn’t concede a second goal over the last 14 minutes or so of the game with Chelsea on Saturday was down to some never-say-die play from some of our players.

As an example Ayoze Perez made a number of tackles in the penalty area, as it was all hands to the pump – and Newcastle didn’t sink – much to Jose Mourinho’s displeasure. 😀

But it’s not like Chelsea missed any sitters either.

So it makes sense for Newcastle to bring in a good striker this January, but we have our doubts about that striker being Aleksandar Mitrovic, because we think he will cost too much, as some top clubs will be after him.

The 20 year-old 6’3? striker seems a natural goalscorer, and he was at Belgrade clubs Teleoptik and Partizan before joining the Belgian club in the summer of 2013, for a transfer fee of €5M (£3.9M) – Anderlecht’s record transfer fee.

Aleksandar has scored 12 goals in just 22 appearances for Anderlecht this season, and in his first full season in Belgium last year he scored 16 goals in 39 appearances.

This is his fifth season in football at different clubs and his overall record is 129 total appearances with 53 goals.

Newcastle are short of at least one striker, having failed to bring in a top striker over the summer months, and the club will presumably try to bring in a striker in the January transfer window.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has played for the Serbian U19 (13 appearances, 5 goals) and U21 sides (8 appearances, 6 goals), and he has 10 full caps for Serbia with one goal, after making his full debut for his country last year.

The news is that we are continuing to watch the player – with a view to lodging a bid for him in the January transfer window – but as we said, we think he could be too expensive for Newcastle.

What do you think?

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7 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #1

    20 year-old from the Belgian league He fits the club template perfectly If Andy Carroll would be a perfect foil for Perez , so would this guy , and lots cheaper

  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #2

    He will be one, of hundreds of strikers, that we will be linked with before the end of January!! Hey Ho!!

  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Spot On Graeme!

    You know if we signed everybody we’d been linked with this year alone. We would definitely win the Premier ship and the Champions league purely because there would be no one left to play for anyone else!!

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Dec 9, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Our strikers are good enough Cisse is back to his best, Perez is level headed and on the right road and Riviere will be quality if given more game time.
    I have seen Mitrovic play a few times and he is a real talent but I would like to see one big player brought in now that we have depth to cover, pool all the money we are planning on spending whether it be £2m or £20m and buy one big player to get people excited and send a message out that we do have European aspirations.
    Holding onto our best players shouldn’t be seen as a successful window. It’s quite sad really.

  • thehen

    Dec 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #5

    we do not need a striker!! thats what Mashley will say. perez riviere cisse ferreyra and cisse perez are on form im a huge cisse fan and always believe in a footballing sense we shouldnt ask to much of him!! hes not a great footballer but this man comes alive inside the box! i think cisse will (if injury free) score 20 pl goals this season and perez may get ten. also we have siem de jong who is training now and i think he could be the piece in the jigsaw we crave and will be like a new signing come january. the biggest problem will be keeping that old fox wenger away from sissoko in january i pray we dont sell him as he is playing fantastic in the centre of the park. if anybody has to go it must be tiote.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Dec 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #6

    This lad is highly regarded and being touted about for a big move all over the place, chances of us bringing him in are zero in my eyes.

    We should be looking at players we have a chance of signing not speculating on players who would sign for another club for another £5k a week like Remy. No doubt Remy was great for us and is a great player but he is not bothered where or who he is playing for, I think Mitrovic would drop us like a stone if any Semi Large European team came in for him.

    If Pardew wants to continue to play up front then go and get someone like Davey Klassen from Ajax to play behind the striker. Young, skilful and very promising future. Hopefully we could throw Anita in as part of the deal, because if Abeid is now ahead of him in the pecking order he aint going to play much.

    De Jong, I hope he is good enough, strong enough and quick enough but I fear he is a little slow for the league

  • Obafan

    Dec 9, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    I am from Belgium and therefor I follow the Beglian league every week. I’ve seen a lot of Mitrovic and I really hope we do’nt go after him. He is lazy and has got a very bad influence. Okay he scores a few in the league but he is not EPL standard at all. We should go for a good CDM and perhaps a striker,n but we cannot get a striker who will stop Ayoze to develop in the league.

    So for me no thank you for Mitrovic!!!


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