Aleksandar Mitrovic may very well be the right striker signing for Man Utd
Roughly 15 months ago Aleksandar Mitrovic was approaching Cameron Jerome territory. Within the urban football dictionary, a ‘Cameron Jerome’ is defined by a goalscoring centre-forward deemed too prolific for the Championship yet unable to chop the mustard within the Premier League. Slowly but surely, the rough and prepared, unstoppable Serb is starting to reply his few remaining critics in show-stopping fashion.
Mitrovic has already cemented legendary status at Fulham, a club where he walks the earth like a god having snubbed several cash-incentivised offers to depart following a string of underwhelming top-flight relegations.
Russian outfit Dynamo Moscow saw a lucrative £16million bid rejected in June 2021 before the 28-year-old would commit his long-term future to the Cottagers six months later – mid-way through a record-breaking campaign.
The Championship Player of the Season would rattle home 43 goals in 44 outings, surpassing Portsmouth forward Guy Whittingham’s tally of 42 from the 1992/93 season, while also registering seven assists for his team-mates.
This time around, his electric form has continued within the Premier League after notching six top-flight goals in seven outings under Marco Silva, whose side sit sixth within the table after collecting a powerful 11 points so far.
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Sandwiched somewhat beneath the radar in amongst the club-level chaos, Mitrovic has also fired his country Serbia to the World Cup by smashing home eight goals in as many qualifiers.
Moreover, he’s now his nation’s all-time leading goalscorer having hit the 50-goal mark in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Norway that clinched promotion to Group A of the Nations League, the highest tier.
Mitrovic is playing like a person possessed and it’s hard to argue against him being one in every of Europe’s most in-form forwards on the idea of his numbers and all-round performances for each club and country.
Nevertheless, it still seems somewhat unlikely that we are going to see him flex his muscles for one in every of the Premier League’s Big Six – which in essence, is a substantial pity with the best of respect to high-flying Fulham.
Prefer it or not, Mitrovic has turn into a box-office forward who plays on the sting – very similar to Luis Suarez and fellow Premier League pantomime villain Diego Costa.
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His bullish, physical style and ticking temper is animalistic at times and when Mitrovic is on song, you’re in for 90 minutes of hell. Just ask Virgil van Dijk, who was dusted down and belittled in Liverpool’s 2-2 opening-day draw with Fulham in August.
While Mitrovic is unlikely to be talked about in the identical breath and bracket as Premier League top dogs Harry Kane and Erling Haaland – he remains to be very much as necessary to his respected side as Fulham’s MVP.
The influential Serbian international hitman is commonly the difference between zero points and all three, so place him in a superior footballing side and there’s every reason why he could prove to be a serious hit.
He has come a good distance since his baptism of fireside at Newcastle and as a lone striker on the tip of any one-striker system – Mitrovic would represent a wildcard signing for a lot of clubs, not least Manchester United.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is now showcasing that he’s a top centre-forward with Fulham and Serbia
Chelsea too, are also well-suited for Mitrovic’s qualities but with the Red Devils currently starved of inspiration of their pursuit of a recent No 9, the Fulham hot-shot may very well be a signing Erik ten Hag didn’t know he needed.
Sebastien Haller excelled because the lone frontman in Ten Hag’s Eredivisie-winning Ajax side – netting 47 times in 66 outings – despite arriving in Holland with the fame of a West Ham and Premier League ‘flop’.
With raw pace, purposeful dribbling and artistic qualities around him on the flanks and in attacking midfield, Haller was the glue that knitted all of it together in the ultimate third in Amsterdam.
Ten Hag is evidently seeking to play with a point of interest in attack but thus far, he’s yet to seek out it at Old Trafford with Cristiano Ronaldo now considered to be past the height of his powers.
United have also explored dynamism with Marcus Rashford in a central role but it surely’s clear his side are missing an out-and-out throwback centre-forward, able to doing each side of the sport.
The Dutch tactician wants his side to press, something that comes naturally to Mitrovic, while he also can play each together with his back to goal and in behind. Given the variety of crosses United deliver into the box, the 28-year-old could have a hatful.
At Fulham, a major percentage of his goals are all his own work but with additional, quality service – his goal tally could seriously explode to recent heights.
There after all, needs to be an acceptance that this is solely hypothetical and at the identical time, very much unlikely to occur but with the worldwide striker transfer market seriously saturated, there aren’t many higher options than Mitrovic – particularly those which can be Premier League proven, apart from friendly rival Ivan Toney.
With Ronaldo expected to go away Old Trafford next summer at the top of the season, plans to sign a recent marquee forward are already within the works. Nevertheless, the reply could be before the United recruitment department’s eyes. They simply don’t comprehend it.