Aleksandar Mitrovic has been included in a list of ten players to be future stars of world football.
Along with Memphis Depay, the Serbian striker has been selected by Marca in Spain as one of only two Premier League players in the list.
The Spanish media organisation describe their selections as ‘…the 10 players who will be the ‘cracks’ of football in no time’.
The list (in no particular order):
Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht – 18 year old Midfielder)
Jeison Murillo (Inter – 23 year old Central Defender)
Davy Klaasen (Ajax – 22 year old Midfielder)
Memphis Depay (Man Utd – 21 year old Winger)
Leroy Sane (Schalke – 19 year old Midfielder/Striker)
Nabil Fekir (Lyon – 22 year old Midfielder/Striker)
Rodrigo Betancur (Boca Juniors – 18 year old Midfielder)
Breel Embolo (FC Basel – 18 year old Midfielder/Striker)
Gerson (Fluminese – 18 year old Midfielder)
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle – 20 year old Striker)
Marca’s write-up on Mitrovic –
Aleksandar Mitrovic is amongst the best young strikers who have not yet set foot in a big club.
The Serbian has gone in progressive stages (Partizan, Anderlecht and now Newcastle) and a lot is expected from him . Mitrovic is a real danger in the area but will have to improve his technical skills to really dazzle in Europe.
Despite his youth, the striker has a strong record of goals (44 in 90 total games) in his two years in Anderlecht .
Watching Mitrovic against both York City and Borussia Monchengladbach, I think it is quite clear he does still have a few rough edges as Marca indicate.
However, they are also correct in that he does have a real presence in the box and his goals record at such a young age is evidence of that.
The newspaper’s line about having ‘not yet set foot in a big club’ is a reminder of how our club is currently viewed but with the fanbase and Premier League TV money, there will always be the potential for Newcastle United not to be just another ‘progressive stage’ in a player’s career.