Aleksandar Mitrovic has been chosen as one of the Top 10 ‘can’t wait to see’ Premier League signings.
The larger than life Serbian striker finds his fame goes before him, as he is picked alongside the likes of Raheem Sterling and Memphis Depay as one of the standout signings of this summer transfer window.
Writing for Football365, Daniel Storey describes it as as signing that: ‘Could go brilliantly or it could be a disaster, but it will always be worth watching.’
Only yesterday, Spanish newspaper Marca named Mitrovic as potentially one of ten future stars of world football.
Whilst some of his past scrapes may be exaggerated, Aleksandar Mitrovic has a less than ideal disciplinary record in recent times.
Over the course of the last two seasons, the forward has 21 yellow cards and 2 red, which is pretty extreme for a striker but certainly backs up his reputation for putting himself about.
Here are the Football365 Top 10 can’t wait to see, with their Aleksandar Mitrovic below:
1) Raheem Sterling
2) Christian Benteke
3) Memphis Depay
4) Aleksandar Mitrovic
5) Petr Cech
6) Roberto Firmino
7) Jordy Clasie
8) Patrick Bamford
9) Dimitri Payet
10) Ibrahim Afellay
Football365 write-up by Daniel Storey:
‘I think that Georginio Wijnaldum (or Geordie Wine Gum, as he’s been christened) could be one of the signings of the summer, but there is a special place in all of our hearts for a striker who has a reputation for being absolutely bats**t mental.
Mitrovic has scored 36 goals in 69 league games for Anderlecht since moving from Partizan Belgrade in 2013, and scored against both Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last season. That’s the boring bits out of the way.
In May 2014 he head-butted Club Brugge defender Bjorn Engels, after being sent off for allegedly spitting at fans who were insulting him in the reverse fixture.
A year earlier he was sent off for violent conduct after striking Neftchi Baku’s goalkeeper in the Europa League.
He put on weight over summer 2014 after eating too much of his mother’s cooking, and celebrates goals by flicking his tongue between his middle and index finger. You wouldn’t take him home to meet your mother, but you might do if you knew she was out.
It could go brilliantly or it could be a disaster, but it will always be worth watching. Mitrovic has spoken about following in the footsteps of Alan Shearer at St James’ Park. Combine Faustino Asprilla and Temuri Ketsbaia for more likely (and exciting) expectations.’