In October, Brighton fans read reports that Chris Hughton was interested in Aleksandar Mitrovic and intended to try and sign him in this January transfer window.

On Tuesday night there were indeed new widespread media reports stating that Brighton had now put in a bid for the Serbian striker.

The Chronicle said that Newcastle had described the offer as ‘paltry’ and turned it down immediately.

Newcastle United are said to want at least £15m even though Rafa hasn’t given Mitro a single league start this season and only 11 in the Championship last season.

This news coinciding with widespread reporting that Newcastle have had their own striker bid turned down, with Feyenoord allegedly turning down a £12m offer for Nicolai Jorgensen, who they rate at £20m.

Many Newcastle supporters are predictably linking the two things, with any bid for Jorgensen likely to depend on being able to sell Mitrovic.

What do Brighton fans think of the possibility of potentially signing Aleksandar Mitrovic though…?

Brighton fans comment via their top North Stand Chat message board:

‘Too similar to Hemed with a significantly worse attitude.’

‘If true he would be ideal if not what about Gayle?’

‘Yes please. Have a couple of toon friends and they are bewildered why he doesn’t play.

Strong. 23 years old. Runs channels. Has an edge. Was prolific for anderlecht and has a point to prove.’

‘Does he ever finish a match without getting sent off?’

‘and who’s he supposed to be an upgrade for?’

‘Yes please.

Love his combative style, just what we need in a team like ours (a bit nice).’

‘You have to ask why he isn’t playing for a struggling Newcastle side.’

‘Much quicker than you think, stronger than Murray and Hemed and in the past has scored goals. Might not be popular with most on here but at his age it just takes the right club and manager at the right time to realise potential. Will move with a point to prove….

Obviously concerns about temperament but if Hughton thinks he can put a stop to that I’d be happy with the move.’

‘Apparently Rafa prefers a structure to his strikers play.

Mitro is less disciplined (tactically) and a bit more of a natural player than Josulu.’

‘He is slow, seriously slow.’

‘I’d say he’s not playing because he isn’t good enough….barely played last season as well.’

‘Toon fans love him

Has the Barnes / El-Abd never give up attitude about him

Toon will sell anyone to a rival club if it gets hard cash in the bank.’

‘Still only 23. FIFA index 75 (80). Seems like a decent signing.’

‘We need to be paying less respect to other teams and to ‘get in their faces’ more.

Would have thought Mitrovic would be ideal for that. Whether he would be any good as our striker is another matter!’

‘They would have give us that bald geezer as well.’

‘Quicker than you think, enough to run channels a lot better than Murray and Hemed can.’

‘The sort of player that could shine with the World Cup coming up. No doubt he would want to be playing regular football and doing well.’

‘9 goals 2 years ago in the PL in a relegated side. Has that Barnes type attitude but with a better PL scoring rate and will happily give defenders a rough time.

If we convert to a front 3 or 2 this guy will be ideal with a pacey striker alongside him.

Attitude if it can be curbed a bit won’t hinder us we are a bit soft anyway.’

‘Mike Ashley wants out, so might sell him cheaper. Lots of Toon fans annoyed by this.’

‘Rafa has to sell before he can buy, and he doesn’t rate him. So you never know.’

‘Mitrovic is class, Yes please.’

‘I’m very pleased we are after a genius number 9 as Locadia is not one (although I think he’ll be a brilliant signing).

However, I think we need a striker with size and pace, there is myth that Mitrovic is fast, he is not.

Also, this is a genuine STH Geordie opinion that I absolutely trust:

“Well, for me he’s a temperamental cart horse, who can be lazy and isn’t the best finisher. Can’t see him doing any better than Murray.”

‘With respect to that Geordie, that’s just his/her opinion and there will be many alternative ones as the case with every player, every tactic and every team across the land. (That person may or may not be proved right of course)

From a professional point of view, the club would have many more stats and how they feel he would fit in with our team/tactics than ourselves so I can only trust their approach based on previous form (our summer business) which I feel was very good overall.’



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Divided opinions just like us, he should have been given a chance in the last couple of months as Hoss is truly appalling & can`t even kick a ball in a straight line
    people say he has an attitude problem, well so does the manager

    • mentalman

      if you look at the teams around us once the new manager comes in they bring players in to the team who have been frozen out and results change, we just plod along with the same underachieving players every week

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        true

      • Peaky Magpie

        ….as proven by Everton,Palace & now looking like Swansea are on the move.

        • hetonmag

          Everton mmm ? Booed off at half time on Saturday.Palace 3 win’s in the last 11 game’s.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Valid point but they’ll both probably spend big this month,Everton already have.One things for sure with the closeness from 9th Down it’s going to one hell of a scrap this run in.

          • hetonmag

            Correct.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Everton had their bounce……..looks like they’re on the downward slope now…..

      • Mike Adam

        Yes that is called “insanity” by Einstein’s definition!

      • hetonmag

        Fat Sam and Pardspew knocks your theory on the head.

    • Paul Smith

      Earlier in the season Mitro got a 3 game suspension for elbowing a west ham player in the head.. Not the 1st time he’s been guilty of this sort of behaviour…

      You’d hope that after a lapse in judgement like that the player would resolve himself to improve his behaviour so that it wouldn’t happen again in future. But not Mitro. He was giving interviews saying not only that he shouldn’t have got a suspension but that it wasn’t even a foul. The player can’t even be honest with himself about his bad behaviour let alone work on improving it. He’s incapable of controlling himself. Perhaps this is why the manager doesn’t trust him.

      • Kneebotherm8

        If he isn’t willing to learn from his mistakes then he is a total liability…….it isn’t Benitez that’s got the attitude problem..

        • hetonmag

          Correct he was very lucky he didn’t get his marching orders in the away game against Wolves after his assault on there goalie, unfortunately the lad has issues.

  • Paul Patterson

    Sadly, if you look at the replacement we’re looking at for £20m the exchange doesn’t seem a sensible one.

  • ghostrider

    Not given a chance under Rafa. He deserves a club that will play to his strengths and he will flourish.
    He’s a striker that no clubs defence will be happy to play against.
    His presence alone unsettles defences.
    He can scores goals and is strong and big enough to be a total nuisance at set pieces, plus he really is quicker than people give him credit for.
    No racehorse but quick enough to be a nuisance.

    Anyone getting him for under 15 million and using him will soon realise what a bargain he will be.

    ME? I’d prefer him to be making his name for us, under a manager that can work with him.
    23 years old and stifled for 2 of those years.

    It’s criminal.

    • Adrianos

      True that. I agree. Rafa should just play him Sunday against Chelsea in the FA Cup… Who knows. He might just surprise all and get a goal and win it for us. He is that type of player that might just bring the element of surprise that Chelsea might not have prepared for. Either Rafa starts him the first half and subs him half-time. Or bring him on for the last 25 min of the game, to hand Chelsea a killer blow. With Mitro’s track record I don’t see him playing full 90 min due to early yellow cards leading to red.

  • kingfisher

    Wouldn’t it be great to get a big money, big name ,trophy signing even if just on loan, to really get the juices going, and raise the excitement/expectation levels, instead of these third rate players who you have to Google to find out who they are?

    I know his Immense Obeseness would never splash the neccessary cash but, oh to go back to the good old days when we were breaking transfer records left , right and centre.We may never have won anything, but what a time to be a Toon supporter !

    • ghostrider

      It’s loanees who we need to be in for. Low risk for the position we are in and the way the club is teetering on the …. will it…. won’t it…. be sold, or will Rafa or won’t Rafa walk, or whatever.

      • kingfisher

        Spot on Ghost ! Temporary signings to ensure we survive and then re-assess at seasons end.👍👍👍

        • 8prestondave

          Yeah, re-assess then repeat the constant failures of the past few years because we have no choice.

          • kingfisher

            Sounds about right Preston,but we live in hope .(I’ve been living in hope for over 50 years),time’s rapidly running out.😁

        • Kneebotherm8

          We should have had temporary signings at the start of this season like Benitez wanted,but ended up with permanent buys like Joselu and Manquillo,who we’ll never be able to shift out the club.
          The template should be Merino’s signing…….loan deals with a view to buy.

          • kingfisher

            Exactly,try before you buy.👍

  • I hope Mitro is sold soon and he does well for his new club. The lad deserves a shot, but just struck out too many times with Rafa. I never liked his finishing or his positioning inside the box, but if a team plays for him to score, he will score. Ideal signing for Stoke/West Brom/ Swansea.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Question…..Have the 3 promoted teams from the EFL all been relegated straight away the following season from the PL ??

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    He hasn’t been given a fair shot in my opinion, this guy is going to the world cup and was scoring for Serbia where as are Gayle and Joselu at that level, no. I reckon someone like Hughton will get the best out of him as well. If he goes good luck to him but I reckon he’ll do a Mick Harford and come back to haunt us!

    • Peaky Magpie

      There’s a name I’d forgotten all about…..Big Mackem Mick Harford.

      • Cockneytrev

        He was a real handful, on and off the pitch,,

        • Rich Lawson

          See above !

      • Rich Lawson

        Mate of mine lived in Luton for a bit,Harford ran a bar there for a while and didn’t bother to employ bouncers at the weekend, such was his reputation.

        • Peaky Magpie

          I’m sure I’ve read somewhere that Fergie was thinking about signing him for Man Utd in the early ‘90s.

          • Rich Lawson

            Made Mark Hughes look like a softy,all be it not quite as talented as a footballer.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Remember those 4 games another Mick played for us……Channon….what was that all about ???

          • Rich Lawson

            Old Pal’s Act ?,we’ve handed out a few pension top up’s,Rush !!

          • Peaky Magpie

            Aye.Sansom,Barnes,Pearce…..

          • Jezza

            Sol Campbell being another one. I always cringe when we are linked with big name players in the twilight of their careers.

      • Jezza

        I never though Mick Harford was too bad during his brief spell at Newcastle. I always thought we should have persevered with him a bit longer.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Me too,would frighten the life out of defenders if he played now.

  • Peter Stabler

    “Runs the channels” ? I must have turned my head when that happened.

    • Geordiegiants

      It’s a myth he is slow😳

      • Peter Stabler

        Are you taking the pyth?

        • Geordiegiants

          Ha ha lol, of course, some tit above wrote that as a comment.

  • Megatron1505

    Right, hands up who knows Mitrovic personally here? Hands up who watches him train every day? Hands up who can say with 100% certainty that the lad is doing nothing in his personal life that needs to be kept away from the press or potential buyers? Hands up everyone who knows with absolute certainty that he’s not hated by just about every member of the squad?

    Nobody?

    So you have no idea why he isn’t playing but it’s easy enough to blame the manager right?

    Hands up who honestly believes that Rafael Benitez is deliberately not playingnour best striker because of some plot to relegate us?

    Nobody?

    Give me strength……..

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      he`s not playing him because both the manager & player have attitude problems, one is as guilty as the other

      • Megatron1505

        Do you absolutely know that for a fact?

    • Geordiegiants

      Perfectly put.
      That goes for any player.

  • Geordie Pete Moore

    Who watches these players ? how did we end up signing Joselu, no disrespect to him but come on he has been found out at the highest level, Bas Dost, or Giroud would be high on my shopping list to stay up they are proven goal scorers and don’t flap at that crucial moment.

    • Megatron1505

      Joselu was significantly cheaper than either of the other options that you have mentioned.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He`s a load of krap, he`ll be another one we can`t offload at any price;
        the track record for buys is truly appalling

        • Megatron1505

          No doubt, but I wasn’t commenting on his ability. He was available and for the price, at the time of the window it was him or nobody, see Daryl Murphy and Shefki Kuqi formorher examples, Joselu is just the latest in a long line which began with Sibierski.

      • Blackburn1066

        We have become a CHEAPER club under the ownership of this little fat CU-T And we will not be any thing other than a championship team until we stand together and boil his head in a brass pot in the big market. I have a box of fire lighters ready. Just say the word!

  • Peaky Magpie

    Somebody should have told that poor lad on the photo Brighton were away that day,he’s got a helluva long wait for the kick off !!!

    • Taz

      That’s how many empty seats are usually at their home games :-)

  • TwinFire

    SELL SELL SELL! He will get sent off within 3 games and cause discord in a rival team during the run-in. He hits 9 out of 10 shots off target – admittedly he hits with power, but no accuracy.
    Remember when he was begging to take a penalty that Ritchie had won last season? Hes a 5 year old child in thugs body. Sure, he gets defences worried, but you would be too when you know a smack in the face is coming!

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Ashley will sell for 15M & buy Jorgensen for 17.5M. Don’t rate either.
    Although Mitro is a fans favourite (for his passion?) but total liability and sunday league can run faster !

    • Blackburn1066

      15 Mil for a cart horse

    • Jezza

      Ashley will sell for £15 million, conveniently fail to get Jorgensen over the proverbial line and walk away with the money in his pocket as he always does.

  • Blackburn1066

    What the hell are you all on, this will not happen, MITRO not sold, new players in not going to happen. get a grip!

    • Jezza

      There will be no new players that is for certain but there is a strong possibility of one or two being sold.