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.
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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