Aleksandar Mitrovic scored two goals for Serbia last night – two opportunist goals against Nigeria – and with his seven goals for Fulham he now has 9 goals in 10 games since leaving Newcastle on loan on January 31st.
He has been a vital player for Serbia in the World Cup qualifying games and he’s almost a certainty to start for Serbia in the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Mitro doesn’t seem to fit into Rafa Benitez’ long-term plans at Newcastle and it is very likely he will be sold this summer – in fact, it’s almost a certainty.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring the goals
But with his form as it is (very good) – and especially if he has a good World Cup – his transfer fee will be above the £14M we paid Anderlecht for him almost three years ago.
His Serbian manager Mladen Krstajic had this to say about his player:
“Mitrovic was very lucky to be coached by Jokanovic, a coach from Serbia who knows him very well.”
“Mitrovic did a very good thing in choosing to come to Fulham.”
“I’m sure that after the loan he will move to an even bigger, better club, where he can do much better.”
“Personally, it’s a great pleasure to have a player such as Mitrovic in our squad.”
“He’s a killer up front, which he proved against Nigeria.”
It’s not clear whether he’s taking a dig at Fulham or Newcastle when he says he can do much better at another club – but it’s probably both.
Mitrovic has never really delivered the goods at Newcastle even when we were in the second division last season.
But some would say he hasn’t been given the chance.
He has scored 17 goals in 72 appearances for Newcastle and in the Premier League games he has 9 goals in 34 appearances.
Mito’s scored 13 goals in 35 appearances for Serbia.
For whatever reason Rafa doesn’t seem to want him at Newcastle, so it would be better for both parties for him to leave the club this summer.
There’s no doubt he will be in demand.
He was 4th choice striker this season behind Joselu, Gayle, and Perez and once Islam Slimani was signed he was sent on loan to Fulham.
It’s best for Mitro to leave Newcastle so he can start playing regularly again – he’s too good a player not to be playing regularly.
What do you think?