Anderlecht Manager – Mitrovic Can Become Top Striker At Newcastle


Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will be announced as a Newcastle player today, and his manager in Belgium, Besnik Hasi, has talked about him,  and said he has matured in his two years at the club, and can now become a top striker in  England.

Hasi says Aleksandar looks crazy because he has tattoos and a funny haircut – but how many footballers don’t have those these days?

It’s all crazy today.

🙂 🙂 🙂

aleksandar mitrovich

Aleksandar Mitrovic – a Newcastle player today?

However, the Anderlecht manager thinks Mitrovic will be a success at Newcastle, as he had this to say today in the Mirror:

“With tattoos and funny haircut he might look crazy but he’s not. He’s a hard worker, someone who gives everything in every single duel. And his level is constantly increasing.¨

“His main quality is to score. Give him a ball in the box and it’s in.¨ “Last two years his level increased a lot.¨

¨He took a step forward last year on the football and mental scale. He’s also physically stronger.¨ “He knows that England is not Belgium.¨

¨People are stronger and the ball goes faster. But he showed in Champions League that he can be good in tough matches and that he can stay calm and focused.¨

“Sometimes you don’t see him for 80 minutes and he gets a ball and scores.¨

“Newcastle is a big step forward. I hope he’ll play everything. He can score goals and become a top striker, but he first has to settle as a good scorer.¨

“He’s more mature than before.”

The 20-year-old is undergoing a medical at Newcastle, and will be announced as the second Newcastle signing later today – all being well.

He will cost €18M (about £12.7M) and that will take Newcastle’s spending on their first two players signed this summer to around £27M – and there’s more players on the way.

The Serbian International joins top Dutch midfielder and former PSV captain Gini Wijnaldum, who cost £14,5M, and led PSV to the Dutch Championship last season, and was named the Dutch Player of the Season.

Newcastle seem determined this summer to sign class payers, and that’s very good to see.

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92 comments so far

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #1

    if we could have this squad I would be over the moon:
    GK:Krul,Darlow,Woodman
    Defenders:ABDENNOUR,MBEMBA,S.Taylor,Lascelles,Dummet,Haidara,Janmaat,Good
    Midfielders:Wijnaldum,Anita,Colback,Tiote,Sissoko,De Jong,Aarons,Cabella,Marveaux
    Forwards:Mitrovic,Cisse,Perez,Riviere,Armstrong,BERAHINO

    I think there is enough time to bring Abdennour and Berahino, if Mitrovic and Mbemba are deals done…and we will look strong to compete for top positions…

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  • Toonfan8

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #2

    I always rate this 34M for Wijnaldum,Mitrovic and Mbemba as cash, which should have been spent in last season…and now they should bring players for this season ???? Abdennour and Berahino, here we come…

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d keep willo, he’s the worst CB out of Saylor and Colo but he’s also worth 1m at the very most. He’ll be on very little in terms of wage compared to both willo and Saylor. Get Saylor and colo off the books as wages are high. Only if we bring in 2 CB’s

    I still think we need a winger to deliver good quality crosses after CBs are signed

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  • Noel Worst

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d prefer a none African CB to partner Mbemba, if we are to sign another. Can’t be handicapping ourselves by having our 2 starting CBs leaving for 2 months every time the ACON is held.

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  • Terry

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Can’t remember the last time we had a couple of center backs who were prepared to get a bit of blood on their faces but that’s precisely what we need

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #6

    OT,
    More than happy to see both STaylor and Collo go, solid defences are built on a regular back four and they spend far too much time missing. Somebody said injuries to affect subs so much ???

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Noel Worst,
    Yup.

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  • Malackay

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s not surprising seeing financially conscious clubs such as ourselves look to the continent even more this window. It’s worth noting the Greece impact on the Euro and the implications the subsequent £/€ rate will have on GB import/exports.

    For example, if Ashley were to spend £50m last summer he’d have been able to get c.€63m worth of players form Europe. Now that £50m is worth an extra €9m @ €72m. It might not seem much but I guarantee it will impact MA thinking.

    I hope Mitrovic lives up to his billing he is getting on this forum.

    On a side note, I was very impressed with both De Jong and Aarons against Sacramento. Aarons (assuming he is fit) would make my starting 11 every time, especially with a striker such as Mitrovic leading the line.

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  • southafricantoon

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #9

    How long does a medical take??

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Guys, is there no sign of movement at the training ground, They like to keep us waiting. I am hoping the wait is to try and announce 2 signings at once.

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  • Wayayman

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Re; Mbemba’s age riddle- I’m in north London and my boy played an U12’s cup final in April against a team who had this kid who was an african refugee but had lived here for 5 years. My son is a big lad, and I’m 6’4″ and I had walked past this lad when helping put the nets up with another dad. I commented on the oppo’s coach smashing the ball at their goalkeeper during the warm up. The ‘coach’ later took his tracksuit off and lined up against my boys team and we all looked at each other in shock. I’m not kidding, this lad was massive, but also played with the maturity of someone much, much older that 12. It happened in one local school in particular too, with a few refugees not fully knowing their ages when they arrived here. Cant blame them though, I’m not sure my birth certificate would be my priority when I’m fleeing my home in fear of my life.

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  • martoon

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #12

    southafricantoon @9
    This should give you an idea
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30269991

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Not sure how late i an to the party here but Mitro is having his med now at the club, buzzin! Allover SSN!

    Any news on the CB?

    What is the chances of Cisse being off? Riviere should be on his bike!

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  • Noel Worst

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Robert Huth would’ve been decent for a couple of seasons at least, given his playing style. Exactly the type of sturdy, imposing, nasty git that was part of Stoke’s defence for years and a major factor in their solidification as a PL outfit and played no small part in Leicester’s revival last season. An out and out defender.

    Doesn’t need to be a spectacular name for me to partner this Mbemeba, just somebody dependable, dominant and positionally aware.

    So many of the teams now have powerful STs,:

    Everton – Lukaku
    Liverpool – Benteke
    Arsenal – Giroud
    Chelsea – Costa
    Southampton – Pelle
    Stoke – Diouf
    West Ham – Sakho
    Swansea – Gomis
    Austin – wherever he ends up

    So need at least 1 CB who won’t take any of their shite and can cope physically, as we’ve too often being bullied in recent years.

    Malackay

    Absolutely, that thought has crossed my mind too and Mash penny pinches at the best of times, so to have to sit tight and do nothing but wait for the markets to come to you, cant discount it as a factor in our transfer plans. The Euro has probably bottomed out now and will recover slightly in the coming months and stabilise at least for a few years, so now’s the time to strike if you do take that sort of thing in to account. There’s always the possibility that’s affording him too much credit and it’s just coincidence, although I imagine it’s advisers rather than him anyway, that make these sorts of projections and recommendations, if at all.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    tp………. riviere who would have him

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #16

    TP

    Apparently Riviere managed to get injured along with Cabella. 2 players who I feel we should look to offload

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Wayayman

    Same thing happened to my younger brother at that age.

    “Kid” they were playing against was bigger than most of the dads. Goes without saying he was top scorer in the league. Saw him a couple of years later on Soccer AM on the skill school bit, playing for Middlesbrough academy.

    Bruno Pilatos you called him.

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  • richyg01

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #18

    SSN saying he may not be announced until tomorrow

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  • Noel Worst

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Just 20 days until our first PL match lads! 😀

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  • El Sleeve

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #20

    can whoever keeps moving the proverbial line, please for the love of everyones mental health, please put it back and leave it alone.

    unless its only being moved so we can announce a double signing!

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  • carl

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Can we please enjoy the here and now. I am with Munster- talk by Jail “if we had invested when we finished 5th. ” “nothing is going to change “. Never happier than when he’s in misery mode. Instead of talking about signings he’s endlessly spouting on about negative issues – in Jail’s parallel universe there is no time to enjoy the moment. Just a miserable nutter who’s clearly as Jail for Ashley is redundant.
    For the rest eagerly awaiting our Sunday kick off match and the start of a much improved season.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #22

    I think Berahino is out of our league.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Ourtoon,

    So nouts changed on the injury front!

    The pair of them ain’t good enough, totally agree they should be shown the door.. Loved to be proved wrong like.

    Im thinking Cisse is off, we can’t unload Riviere yet.

    Waiting to see which CB leaves also.

    Got a feeling it’s going to be a mad August.

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  • carl

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #24

    By the way don’t be fooled by his Sack Llambias posting that was a hedge against Mike Ashley seeing the error of his ways and becoming less loathed by fans. Either way the tide is turning.

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  • Noel Worst

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Have to laugh at the stalking antics of Skysports. Momentary glance of Mitrovic arriving for his medical is welcome I suppose. Puts the neurotics at ease.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Carl
    I don’t know about the tide turning but the blog optimism is soaring. We’ve only signed one big money player and we might get another soon. It’s nice to see cause for optimism but it’s way too early to get carried away.

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  • Offkey

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Blackley puts it very well at 26

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  • BandB

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #28

    carl

    Optimism always soars during the close season, when the team can be every bit as good as one imagines and no-one can dispute one’s opinions with hard evidence to the contrary.
    We’ll have a better notion when other beastly teams start trying to kick it in our goal.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #29

    By the way, James Taviener off to Rangers from Wigan.

    Mirtovic – how long does a medical take ?

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 20, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Mitrovic that is

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #31

    You have to enjoy the signings as they happen. Even at this club where there is always that possibility we could take a couple of steps back also.

    2 big money signings.

    But, will we be stronger and be able to battle all year round come 1st September? If not, as usual the manager will take most of the heat.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #32

    carl
    ”By the way don’t be fooled by his Sack Llambias posting that was a hedge against Mike Ashley seeing the error of his ways and becoming less loathed by fans. Either way the tide is turning.”
    Could you explain that comment, a lot of people will be wondering what you’re talking about.

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  • BandB

    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Martoon posted an article above explaining the process and timescale.
    If he went at 10am this morning the tests should be about done.
    But that doesn’t mean they’ll get the results and the analysis done today.
    They will want to see what came with his medical records too, especially after the Siem scenario. This lad is a big investment for us and we need to make sure he isn’t broke in some way.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #34

    I see Benteke is busy having a medical at Liverpool. Am i alone in thinking £32.5M is a huge amount of cash for his attributes? I don’t think he’ll be as big a cock up as the Carroll signing, but not too far off… It’ll be interesting to compare him to other signings of strikers…eg. Mitrovic at about a third of the cost…

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Carl

    Let’s have some realism buddy, these signings of completed have been long over due, with McClaren saying it’ll take 3 windows to get to where we want he’s basically saying we have messed up prior to all of this.

    This very much has a feel of the preseason when we finished 5th although we won’t finish as high this season, it’s what happened in the next window and windows to follow which wrecked us. 1 long overdue window doesn’t mean the tide has changed, it’s a gradual change and hopefully its carried on because we are still well short of what we need.

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  • Thump

    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #36

    @sing in the corner: Nah, I completely agree. Benteke is a fantastic forward, don’t get me wrong, but he can be easily taken out of the game if the defenders have a good level of concentration (as Villa learned in 13/14)

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Sing in the corner

    I think Benteke will get 20 league goals this season!! I know alot say he’s costing alot but under an attacking manager like Sherwood he scored 11 goals in 13 games. Imagine how many he’ll get with Firmino, Coutinho etc playing behind him.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #38

    Lambert played a massive part in his inability to score with the way he set teams up. At Liverpool there will be more than just 1 player Benetke to concentrate on….unlike @ villa

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Also, van gaal’s United look scary. They must have one of the strongest squad in a long time. Extremely powerful squad who must be favorites for the title ahead of anyone.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Ah good afternoon Our Toon

    Yes a great return at the end of the season as you say. I just think that he’s a bit one trick pony for that price. Similar to Carroll in many ways. And Rogers seems to want to change tack now. He didn’t fancy Carroll at all. I’ve been reading a few Liverpool fans worrying that if they sign him they will revert to lumping it up like they did with Crouch and carroll when they played.

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