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?’
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.’