Newcastle Shouldn’t Risk Allowing Player To Move To Relegation Rival

Brighton manager Chris Hughton is interested in taking Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to the south coast, but Brighton’s first offer for the Serbian striker has been turned down by Newcastle.

It remains to be seen whether Brighton will increase their bid, but it may be risky for Newcastle to sell one of their better players to a relegation rival.

But if we can sign a top striker this month Mitrovic would be available to be sold outright or go out on loan, but preferably not to a Premier League club fighting relegation.

Aleksandar Mitrovic – Brighton make bid for Serbian striker

The 23-year-old Serbian striker joined Newcastle from Anderlecht in the summer of 2015, for a fee close to £14.5M, but he hasn’t been a big success on Tyneside.

He’s scored 17 goals in 72 appearances for the Magpies, but in the last couple of seasons hasn’t been a starter for the team.

And it looks like he has no long-term future at Newcastle with Rafa Benitez as the manager.

Newcastle will need to get their money back on the player if we do sell him this month.

Another former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – now at West Brom – is also interested in buying Mitro.

But we’d rather see him, as well as Jonjo Shelvey, stay at Newcastle until the summer to help us in our fight against relegation.

West Ham want Shelvey to move back to London, but why would we help West Ham in their bid to avoid relegation?

We should sell both players, but only in the summer.

Chris Hughton has already signed 24-year-old forward Jurgen Locadia from PSV this month for £14M.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 24, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Low ball bid for a guy with no premier league experience

    Will only happen if we balance books and sell mitro

    Club have 6/7 Million to spend (net)

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 24, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    If mitro goes he will probably score 1 or 2 early on

    Get sent off / get found out and Spend the rest of the season on and off the bench

    All in my opinion

  • runheed

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Frank, I feel your endless disappointment. Just let us be happy for a moment in some imaginary world in which Newcastle United does something positive for a change.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    So Frank, if you met Ashley’s son in law at The Lowry, what else did he say (as he’s allegedly been in control of the takeover etc.)?

    Asking for a friend.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Mitro will do well given a decent run in a team and used in the correct manner. He doesn’t fit in to Rafa’s plans which is fair enough so he has to go. It’s not fair on him not to sell him because the only clubs interested in him are relegation rivals.
    If Rafa is right he won’t have any impact and we bank >£15m therefore it makes sense to sell.
    If Rafa is wrong and Mitro ends up helping us to get relegated, tough.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Jorgensen, interesting and hopefully not true. The Dutch league is probably on par with the championship these days with the exception of maybe 2 clubs. Massively underwhelmed by this link.

    On Mitro let him go to a relegation rival, he doesn’t play for us as it is, he’s not good enough apparently so what do we have to fear?

  • giimps

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Mitros stats look bad but goals per minutes on the pitch will in all likelihood paint a different picture in the premier league.
    He’s worth more than 11m in this market but without being played his price drops, unfortunately Rafa knows Mitro is a marked man so is reluctant to play him but he’s probably our most prolific Premier league striker at the club so I would keep him till the summer and play him , especially if we fail to get another striker in and have to rely on Jokelu, ( I’m doing joselu a disservice there but he’s not a prolific goal scorer but is a great team player)

  • Our Toon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Kenedy I’m happy with, schurrle is a big name but has never really worked out for him at clubs, I wouldn’t say no to him but he is often injured so a little gamble but worth taking a punt on.

  • Mag52

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9

    If we’re not going to play Mitro or Colback what’s the point of keeping them on our books till the end of the season?
    Get rid of them to whoever will come up with the asking price, and get in someone who can score us some goals.

  • G

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Much as I would like a new striker I don’t feel Jorgensen is the answer. He likes to line his shots up with one touch too many. You don’t get time for that in the Prem. Shola used to infuriate me when he did the same for us. Rather than just take the shot he would give it an extra touch to line it up as he liked it.

  • hibbit

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #11

    a new name in the mix

    Davie Selke From Bild:

    Until last summer, Davie Selke (23) had hardly any chances at RB Leipzig. After moving to Hertha, the striker scored nine goals in 16 competitive games – a proud record. Also in the recent 1-1 draw against Dortmund he met.

    Representatives of the Premier League clubs Stoke City and Newcastle United sat in the grandstand of the Olympic Stadium.

    SPORT BILD understands: Both clubs are hot on Selke! But it is also clear: Hertha will not just give his best scorer, and Selke feels very comfortable in Berlin.

  • hibbit

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    nobody wants Colback and even if they did he wont take a pay cut so he would rather just sit and run his contract down and leave for free

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #13

    It was conversation going on , on the table behind me (in full ear shot)

    Nothing more than what I’ve said already

    Not much to spend 6/7 mill maximum (net)

    Club still up for sale , tv deal will hold they key to what happens

    Thinks pcp will come back in with a revised bid

  • Markaccus

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Our toon

    I see what you are saying re the dutch league, but on the other hand there have been a few gems come out of it.

    For every Ldj, sdj and Jdt, theres a RVN, Dennis Bergkamp and Robben

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Cheers Frankie.

    Sounds about right.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #16

    So how many signings can we get in 7 days ? Probably only 4 days left as Charnley and Ashley don’t work weekends and then we have Burnley…..

    My only worry would be with Schurrle is his injury record its not as bad as Sturridge but he does miss a lot of games

    Still hopeful we can get Slimani hes everything Mitrovic should be (and maybe will be in a few years but we can’t wait that long!)

  • Our Toon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #17


    There are gems which have come out of every league in the world. Example lukaku and we bruyne from Belgian league, we have Mitro and he came here with a better goalscoring record and isn’t being given chance / hasn’t made it.

    The players you mentioned came out of the Dutch league a long time ago, Jorgensen is 27 and managed to do well last season. Late bloomer? Maybe

    For every bergkamp there has been at least 3 or 4 alfonso Alves. My personal preference is to spend that kind of money on a Slimani or Hernandez

  • Toondog2

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #18

    overall ,Slimani seems to be the best ST available . No point in having someone who isn’t going to get Goals but most of all stays fit, otherwise what is the point of a treatment room player even if he is good ( see Big Andy )

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Coming soon – if MbS takes over – the donkeys on Shields Beach maybe???

  • Slank

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #20

    It’s quite understandable that we don’t want to transfer Mitrovich and Shelvey, who are arguably our best two players, to our relegation rivals.

    Equally, these clubs don’t want to transfer any of their players to us. Also, many of the players in the top clubs are financially unobtainable.

    It therefore should be no surprise that the club are looking to Europe. It’s a lottery as past and current experiences have included some successes (Albert, Ginola) and some failures (Jon Dahl Tomasson, the de jong brothers and Sels).

  • Slank

    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Our Toon,

    I read somewhere that Mitrovich apparently had a better goal scoring record than Lukaku at Anderlecht.

  • ash1001

    Jan 24, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #22

    This is a bit like selling bow and arrows to your enemy and then tell them to fire them at you, does not matter whether they are in the team or not, and in Mitro’s position he has never really been given a decent chance by Rafa. As we all know by sods law if he goes to any of our relegation rivals hes sure to start banging the goals in, plus he will be off to the World Cup with Serbia soon, so he will be in the shop window there.
    Maybe Rafa can only spend if he gets Mitro and Shelvey etc off the books, so once again Ashley has handed Rafa a blank cheque but written on it is DUMMY, not to be used.

  • Greebol1892

    Jan 24, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Get rid of both.
    Both are good players but guaranteed to miss 5 or 6 games a season due to indiscipline. We need our good players on the pitch so we should cash in and buy capable replacements.
    Mitro certainly has no future under Rafa.

  • WLtoon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #24

    I doubt we will bring in a striker this window. its going exactly the same way as the last 2 January windows, A week to go and hundreds of rumours, Hoping that clubs sign a few of our players do we can finance players coming in , Its an absolute joke. We dont deserve to be in the premier lge with a policy like we have. Look at Swansea, a club nowhere near the size of ours, they are willing to pay over 22M for a player, whether they sell players or not, and pay him over 1ooK a wk.. If you think like a championship club, you will end up exactly that, and Ashley thinks SD standard. who,s staff are underpaid slaves basically on zero hr contracts. He is trying to run a huge club the same way and it could end up with a 3rd relegation under his dictatorship. That must be a record.


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