Fulham fans debate whether to buy Aleksandar Mitrovic – Interesting
Aleksandar Mitrovic continues to be one of the most talked about Newcastle players, despite not having started a single NUFC league match for over a year.
A successful short-term loan at Fulham has seen Mitro score 12 goals and help his team to promotion to the Premier League.
Making 20 appearances, Fulham won 15 of them with Aleksandar Mitrovic, with three draws and two defeats.
Now we get to the tricky bit – what happens next?
Many Newcastle fans are already mentally spending the Serbian’s transfer fee, wondering just who Rafa would target if he has the necessary funds.
As for Fulham fans, what value do they put on the Newcastle striker and just how desperate are they to keep him?
Views of Fulham fans on whether to buy Aleksandar Mitrovic taken from various Fulham message boards:
‘Khan is no Micky Mouse. He knows the challenge of the premiership, and buying players like Mitrovic is a must!
Saying that, Mitro is hoping for a good world cup campaign, and he might have bigger ambitions than Fulham.
He is an old fashion hold up player that suits us, and i just wonder how many big clubs will come in for him.
I think he should take the hint and stay with Fulham, because everything is ticking for him at the cottage. It doesn’t always work out swopping clubs and he may well find that out the hard way. What isn’t broke, don’t fix it!
Mitro could have a happy 5 years at Fulham if he chooses to.’
‘First we have to give Sess a new 4 or 5 year contract.
Mitro doesn’t suit Rafa style of boring defensive football but for us, he’s perfect – at least until we are ready to fight for the top 8.
Next we have to resolve Fredericks situation either way. If he goes we have Christie so not the end of the world. We also have to reward Cairney with another long term contract. He could really shine in the premier league.’
‘Difficult task knowing which players to release but we need, a striker (poss Mitrovic), two centre backs (cover for Ream who should definitely stay), a left back (not sure Targett is Prem level), a top class centre midfielder, and a number 10 type player. that would be my wish list. We probably need to spend at least £60 million on transfer fees (is that possible?)’
‘Mitrovic – Like Targett so happy to have been given the opportunity to play in such a talented and expansive team.
Would be surprised if he didn’t take up an offer of a permanent contract.
Seems he’s loved every minute of it, best 4 months of his career so far.
Great to see him and Slav talking in their mother tongue. That has got to count for something.’
‘The fact Targett (and others) were allowed to go on loan from the Premier league does not mean they could not perform at that level.
However I am really not sure about Targett but I do think Mitrovic could do well for us.
I also read with interest a comment about half our squad not being Premier league standard and I do tend to agree with that but making too many changes might be too disruptive?’
Clearly Targett isn’t Premier League standard otherwise Southampton would not have loaned him to us.’
‘I guess it is all about opinions, but using that logic would suggest that Mitro is not a premier league standard player!
I think Targett is definitely good enough for that level, some players just do not fit some clubs. It does not necessarily mean that they are not good enough for the standard that that club is playing at. It just means that there may be other players who the manager rates as better.’
‘Well although Mitrovic was superb for us in the second half of the season that does not mean he is proven in the Premier League – he isn’t. ‘
‘I hope he can prove himself if we sign him but you also have to take account that Benitez is a very experienced Manager with a trophy cabinet so he knows a little bit about players and football.’
‘The jury is still out on whether Mitrovic can do in the Prem what he did for us in the Championship but hopefully we will get him and hopefully he WILL prove himself….’
‘Hardly any of our current squad are proven at that level and the ones that are you could say played for much worse teams than our current squad (Ream).
However, I believe that most of the current team are good enough for the Prem.
So Mitro and Targett would surely be in the same category as the rest of the players if we signed them.’
‘Don’t buy players who resemble wee krankie!
Get some hard nuts in, Mitro must have some mates.’
‘Mitro, Targett and new contracts for Freddo & Sess have to be our main priorities.’
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