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:

10% £20m

1% £19m

4% £18m

3% £17m

7% £16m

21% £15m

7% £14m

9% £13m

12% £12m

3% £11m

15% £10m

2% £9m

2% £8m

1% £7m

1% £6m

1% £5m

0% £4m

0% £3m

0% £2m

2% £1m

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:

Higher

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.

Lower

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?



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Computer, Yes Moose
    where is Clarko ?
    Quadrant 4 on the Starship Enterprise, the transporters are down.
    Oh well have to value Mitro myself
    £13m

    • Peaky Magpie

      Finalising the invasion and abdication of Man City glory hunters.

    • Wor Lass

      The Borg have kidnapped him. They want a sense of humour and someone thought his would be a good fit.

  • Paul Patterson

    It looks like it all hinges on Mitrovic going as to Rafa getting money to spend.
    So either way, were either getting a player for under £15m, so a gamble on the quality of the signing, or nowt at all.
    With five days to go, I’m leaning towards the latter . .

    • Peaky Magpie

      Hard to disagree with you there

    • Jezza

      Mark my words, Rafa is not getting any money to spend whether or not Mitrovic goes. There will be no new striker for NUFC before the deadline.

      • thewildchimp

        I don’t think even he is that greedy to leave us with only two strikers… I hope…

        • Jezza

          He is that greedy, marra. If he can get bids for Mitrovic and Gayle he will gladly pocket the money and leave us with one striker.

        • nufcslf

          What about the selling of Andy Carroll and never replaced since. Cashley doesn’t care and will likely sell at the last minute again to make more money without a penny spent. This is bad enough, but it is the 50,000 thousand sheep that put up with it that leave me the most gob smacked.

      • nufcslf

        It really is as simple as that. Find it hard to believe there are still some with the hope a signing is in the works. Never going to happen.

        • Jezza

          Yes the only thing in the works is yet another embarrassing attempt at hoodwinking the fans into believing the club did al they could to get somebody in. Ashley does it every window and as you say I am gobsmacked that some fans still seem to be falling for it.

  • Mag_Ladd

    I see the U23’s won again last night 3-1 against PSV U23’s, we really need to keep Beardo away.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Aye,where is he ??? Gone all quiet on the Pedro front,must one hell of a massive garden he’s sorting out.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        FA coaching course

        • Peaky Magpie

          Was going to say something about FA there Moose but the ❄️❄️❄️ brigade might be on day shift !

    • ghostrider

      As much as I have a lot of respect for Peter Beardsley and believe he’s a good bloke and will not judge him on training ground banter or whatever it all turned into in the good bad and indifferent stakes of internal football matters….I will say that his absence appears to be having a massive upturn in the fortunes of the players.

      This surely cannot be a coincidence.
      It appears that his methods, his ways and overall influence has not been as as strong as we would all expect given his exceptional career in football and as arguably the best player we’ve ever had at the club, in terms of overall ability and time spent.

      As sad as it is, I have to say that Beardsley needs to be found another role within the club if he’s found to be innocent of what’s levied against him….or best out of the limelight in the club if question marks are going to be following him around it.

      I refuse to believe for a moment that he’s a racist in the broad sense of the word.
      I can certainly believe digs and banter would have went on as I’m pretty sure the younger players would have been doing quasimodo impressions behind his back and what not.

      It’s part of life in that sense.

      It seems these days you only have to mention the slightest thing to be turned into a racist.
      The reality is a white person would be told to stop being so silly if they complained about racial prejudice.

      It’s one hell of a strange world we live in.

      • Wor Lass

        Not quite sure about the point right at the end but that’s a good post.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He`s been sent on an FA coaching course to get him out of the way

        • Rich Lawson

          Will he be helping Phil Neville with the women’s team now ?

      • Mag_Ladd

        Although I disagree on some aspects of what you have said, it’s a well thought out reply and good post nevertheless.

        And I quote from the old film producer Robert Evans, which fits perfectly into this situation: “There are three sides to every story: my side, your side and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently”

        Even if he is proven innocent, his reputation as a coach proceeds him and it’s proven he’s not very good at it looking at his track record. He needs to be given the boot, we need to revamp the youth system and have something in place that encourages progress to the first team instead of stunting it.

      • kingfisher

        Quasimodo? That name rings a bell 🛎🤣

        • ghostrider

          lol.

  • Peter Stabler

    Those figures teach us that everyone has an opinion.

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    He’s still relatively young, he has potential and is going to the World Cup and if he impresses who knows in this world of crazy transfer prices what he might be worth then? But with Glenn Murray getting done for fraud clubs will know they need someone now!

    • Georgia Peter

      Porciestreet
      Potential is no good at his age if he isn’t doin the biz by now..get shot asap.

      • Scottie Chugger Dearden

        Fair point I just have this feeling he’ll be like Bellamy was I.e when he was at Coventry he was pap, but when he came to us he was good however in Mitros case it’ll be the other way round, bit like Jon Dal Tomasson, I don’t think Mitro got a fair shot to reach his potential at Nufc!

  • Mrkgw

    Rafa is making a big mistake with Mitro. That is unless, there are things going on behind the scenes to which we are not party. Unless that is the case then we should be keeping hold of the lad and giving him game time.

  • Jezza

    I’d rather see him leave on a free transfer than sold for £20 million because any fee they get for him will just disappear into Fat Ashley’s pocket anyway.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Big Andy, Yohan Kebab & Moussa, the money just dissappeared

      • Peaky Magpie

        Into Aspers coiffures probably.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          New Helicopter & a family holiday at club Tropicana cos
          the drinks are free

          • Peaky Magpie

            I wonder if he ever showed Mandy his “chopper “ ??? 🤣

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😂😂😂
            Did a Harvey !

          • Rich Lawson

            They’ll have lost money on that one then ?

      • Jezza

        Yes, in real terms those players all left on free transfers.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I said last week that the Fat Guy would back Rafa & buy a striker
    i was drunk & i`m sticking to that excuse
    😂😂😂

    • Rich Lawson

      I had my No9 shirt on with the old turned up collar and got chatting to some fat bloke in a southern boozer the other day and eventually signed a contract on the back of a beer mat.Just waiting for the postman to bring me confirmation of my debut game,must be any time now.

  • thewildchimp

    “Rafa only started Mitro in one of the final seven matches that decided Newcastle’s Premier League relegation in 2015/16.”

    I honestly think that’s one of the reasons we went down. He played Cisse for 60 mins. every game, man…

  • Georgia Peter

    Porciestreet
    30/- ,a jam jar and a big orange…..that’s givin me age away eh……!