Premier League rivals to bid for Mitrovic after scouting him – Report
Premier League rivals Brighton have sent scouts to watch Aleksandar Mitrovic in this international break according to reports this morning.
Chris Hughton had representatives watching Mitrovic on Friday night reports The Mirror, as the Newcastle striker played the full 90 minutes.
Last night saw the NUFC player start once again and make a bigger impression, laying on the goal that ensured Serbia would top the group and go to Russia next summer, Serbia beating Georgia 1-0.
If Hughton and Brighton are indeed interested in Newcastle’s number 45 then they would do well to have him watched on international duty whenever they play.
In the 19 months that Rafa Benitez has been in charge, Mitrovic has started only 15 league games, whilst in the same time he has started 12 for his country.
Last season confirmed that Mitro isn’t Rafa’s type of striker, starting only 11 of the 46 Championship matches.
Then this summer saw the United boss make a late move in the transfer window with the little money he had to play with, Benitez paid £5m for SToke reserve forward Joselu, and put him instantly ahead of Mitrovic in the pecking order.
The Spaniard coming on as a substitute at Huddersfield and then starting and scoring in the 3-0 win over West Ham.
That victory over the Hammers has been Mitro’s only Premier League involvement this season, scoring in an 18 minute cameo as he came off the bench.
In the process he also elbowed Lanzini, leading to a retrospective ban, which was then followed by Rafa Benitez leaving the striker totally out of his squad that faced Liverpool.
The Mirror claim that Brighton are desperate to add a striker in January after missing out in the summer on all of their top targets. The South Coast club had a massive net spend (£48m) compared to Newcastle (£11.5m) but despite breaking their own transfer record a couple of times, they couldn’t land the striker they were desperate for.
Brighton have only managed five goals so far in the Premier League and little doubt that Rafa would be more than happy to sell Mitrovic, or potentially loan him out, but only if he himself is backed in January to land the first choice striker he was desperate to land this summer.
Whether there is any truth in The Mirror story or not, it is surely best for both the club and player that Mitrovic finds a new club as soon as possible.
The striker has support amongst the fanbase but with Benitez needing a striker who will run all day in the formation he wants to play, the Serbian will never be the man for the Newcastle boss.
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