With Alexander Mitrovic having an excellent season with Fulham in the Championship, scoring 21 goals in 18 games, some Newcastle United fans have wondered if he should be a target in January.
Headman Callum Wilson has been an outstanding contributor to the Magpies over the past two seasons, but has a history of injuries. The only option in the roster to fill in Wilson is Dwight Gayle, who has struggled to score consistently since the Toon returned to the Premier League in 2017.
A striker is on Newcastle’s wish list for January, with Fiorentina forward Duscan Vlahovic one name in the hat. However, he is attracting a lot of attention from other Premier League clubs, so Newcastle could find themselves in an intense negotiating battle.
Will the Magpies splash the cash to bring back Mitrovic?
Mitrovic is someone who provides goals for club and country. In the last international match, his header in injury time resulted in a ticket for Serbia for the World Cup.
Mitrovic’s tally for his country now stands at 44 goals in 69 appearances, so you would think that with his recent form, it would be a wise decision for the Magpies to deposit the money and re-sign the Serb.
However, Mitrovic has not proved so hot in the Premier League. Coming to Newcastle in 2015/16, he scored nine goals and was the club’s second highest goalscorer behind Georginio Wijnaldum.
But it wasn’t enough and the Magpies were relegated. Newcastle returned to the Premier League in 2017/18, but this time Mitrovic struggled for playing time. He was loaned to Fulham in January and signed for them that summer.
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Up and down like a yo-yo with Fulham
Mitrovic helped Fulham to the Premier League, starting 2018/19 as their main striker. He scored 11 goals that season, but the Cottagers were also relegated after finishing 19th. Back in the Championship, however, he scored 26 goals and won the Golden Boot when Fulham were promoted again.
His second Premier League campaign with Fulham proved tough. The Serbian striker played 27 times but only scored three goals. Towards the end of the season, he struggled to make the base.
It seems the championship is where Mitrovic ticks all the boxes. This season he has consistently found the net for Fulham again and a new Golden Boot seems like a formality. If the South West London club is promoted again, Mitrovic will certainly want another chance to prove themselves at the highest level.
Newcastle must set their sights higher than Mitrovic
While Newcastle continue to look for new options up front, we think Mitrovic is one to avoid. He is a top quality Championship striker who does not seem fit for the Premiership. And you feel that if he plays in the Premier League next season, he would like to be the main striker no matter what club he plays for.
In addition, Newcastle owners have made it clear that they are willing to spend a lot of money. They could invest their money in a striker who has proven himself at the highest level or has the potential to achieve it under the philosophy of new manager Eddie Howe.
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