On Wednesday, we asked Newcastle fans the question – ‘What is Aleksandar Mitrovic actually worth?’
We laid out the reasons (see below) on both sides of the argument, as to whether his value should be higher or lower.
A player is of course only worth what somebody is willing to pay.
So far though the only bid reported is one from Brighton, said to be around the £7m or £8m mark.
With Rafa desperate to bring in cash to fund a striker that he does want though, what is a fair selling price for Aleksandar Mitrovic?
These are the percentage votes below from 1,533 Newcastle fans via our poll:
I was actually quite surprised that as many as 53% of the Newcastle fans voting, thought a fair price was £14m or higher. It is such a difficult thing to judge though, with on the one hand the rapidly rising market, but then the fact that Rafa clearly has no intention of playing the Serbian forward.
Taking all the votes overall, they averaged out at a £13.16m valuation of Aleksandar Mitrovic, the big question now though is what figure will Newcastle really be willing to deal at, in order to help Rafa with transfer funds.
The Mag – Wednesday 24 January 2018:
Newcastle paid £13m for a promising 20 year old two and a half years ago.
As a teenager Mitro had scored 20 goals in 42 league starts for Partizan in Serbian league football.
At the age of 18 he moved to Anderlecht for £4m and at the higher level in Belgium, scored 36 goals in 65 league matches. Whilst at Anderlecht he also performed well in Champions League football, scoring against both Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.
Arriving as a 20 year old at a Newcastle United in disarray, despite playing in a relegation team Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 9 goals in 22 Premier League starts (plus 12 off the bench).
Playing for his country, Mitrovic has scored nine goals in his last 13 international starts, including scoring six goals in nine World Cup qualifiers to play a key role in taking Serbia to Russia this summer.
Rafa only started Mitro in one of the final seven matches that decided Newcastle’s Premier League relegation in 2015/16.
The former Anderlecht forward only started 11 of 46 Championship games last season and they were nearly all when Rafa had injuries or wanted to rest the likes of Gayle.
Benitez hasn’t given Aleksandar Mitrovic a single start in the Premier League this season.
In the last 15 months, Mitrovic has scored only two league goals, that is from 24 league appearances including nine starts.
So what is a fair price for the 23 year old, who is now exactly halfway through his five year Newcastle contract?
Rafa Benitez has clearly got no interest in playing Aleksandar Mitrovic and for both Newcastle United’s and the player’s sake, he needs to move on and play elsewhere.
The Newcastle boss can obviously do with having every extra penny from player sales that he can then put towards signings that he wants to make – but what is a fair price for Newcastle United to agree to sell their number 45 for?