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Mitrovic under consideration by Everton

| Friday, 17 May 2019 60comments  |  Jump to last
Everton could offer Aleksandar Mitrovic a route back into the Premier League if claims made by Sky Sports hold any veracity.

Mitrovic, formerly of Newcastle United, was relegated with Fulham after just one season back in the top flight but is expected to be on the shopping lists of a number of top-flight clubs this summer.

Sky "understand" that the Blues are "interested" in Mitrovic who scored 11 goals in 38 games for the Cottagers this past season.

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Anthony Flack
1 Posted 17/05/2019 at 19:54:13
Yes please reckon he’d get 15 to 20 in our team

2 wingers and Siggy would play to his strength

He is a bigger handful than DCL has been even in the last quarter of the season

Si Pulford
2 Posted 17/05/2019 at 19:59:37
He didn’t score that many more than DCL but played a lot more games. I’m not sure we should be looking for ‘incremental’ improvements. I’d go for Rondon very good player.
Steve Ferns
3 Posted 17/05/2019 at 19:59:40
No thanks. Not good enough for Benitez. Loaned to the Championship and then sold last summer after Benitez still wasn’t convinced. He’s not a silva type player. He isn’t mobile enough. He’d command big wages and a fee in excess of what we paid for Tosun. He’s no better than Tosun for me.
Kevin Prytherch
4 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:09:09
We need to stick or twist with a striker for next season, no half measures.

We stick with Calvert Lewin and get some decent back up (young such as Abraham, or old such as Giroud or Llorente).

Or we twist but go big.

Half measures on players such as Mitrovic who may or may not do something are about as pointless as Tosun.

John Pierce
5 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:21:05
Bang on Steve, as long as Silva is in charge mobility and intensity are required. When not played into him he gives you very little, often loses interest/or his rag when it goes against.

Hard pass.

Dave Williams
6 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:21:54
Agree with above- we need to buy potential or quality and he is neither.
Steve Ferns
7 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:22:25
Spot on Kev. Not sure about the all the players you specify but agree 100% with what you’re saying.
Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:32:11
I'll pass. Just not productive enough at one goal every 300 minutes (DCL one every 246). Tough and physical, gets in good positions, but misses way too many chances. Currently on £60,000/week and would undoubtedly want a raise. No thanks.
John Pierce
9 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:40:23
Absolutely nailed on to lose it in the Derby too, 😡😡😡
Kelvin Thomas
10 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:49:01
Agree with you Kev. 100%.
Kieran Kinsella
11 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:53:54
Doesn’t fit the age profile either
Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:04:26
Actually he does, Kieran. Looks like an old guerrilla but actually only 24.
Drew O'Neall
13 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:08:13
Not good enough. Nor is Rondon.

I think Everton can aim a bit higher than this.

I’d like to see us bring in an experienced pro like a Mandzukic or a Vardy.

Someone with a work ethic and the ‘clinical’ component we are missing but whom might also be inclined to mentor a successor in DCL.

Christy Ring
14 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:14:54
Would put Calvert-Lewin ahead of him.
Ben Jones
15 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:19:17
Tough one.

It depends what route we go down. The problem is I don’t think there’s a definite Lukaku replacement available.

I think it may be more realistic getting a striker challenging Calvert Lewin for the spot. Both drive each other and hopefully both can score as much as Lukaku did.

Mitrovic would fit the bill in that regard. But I worry about the price. Fulham paid 22 million for him so I’d be surprised if they sold him for less.

Gavin Johnson
16 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:01:31
Mitrovic is a striker who won me over last season. He couldn't hit a barn door for Newcastle so I was shocked when Fulham paid £22m after just one season of free scoring in the Championship. His return to the Premier League has largely been a success and while he wasn't prolific last season. 11 goals is a decent return for the other attributes he brings to the team. Like DCL, he can physically bully defenders like and will presently score more goals. On paper it looks like he could be a good fit. The problem is that he doesn't have the pace of DCL.

We need a striker with pace and mobility so I think he'd face similar problems to Cenk Tosun in not having the legs to implement the style of play Silva wants. If we still had Koeman managing us I think Mitrovic would be a good signing. As it is, I'd be sceptical on how he would fit into a team playing fast, free flowing football.

Bill Gienapp
17 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:01:49
Color me uninterested unless the player in question is a clear-cut improvement on what we already have. Mitrovic has his attributes, but if you stuck Tosun on Fulham this season, I'd wager he would have scored 8-10 goals as well.
Mike Allison
18 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:08:32
Said it on the other thread and I’ll say it on this: if we buy a striker it has to be someone who is a level above what we’ve got. Mitrovic (and Rondon, for that matter) ain’t it. I’d much rather stick with Calvert-Lewin.
Jay Harris
19 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:10:14
Is Dzecko still available. He would be good for a season or two.
Mike Jones
20 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:18:10
Mitrovic not good enough and not on Brands radar.

Move the n

David Tennant
21 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:12:55
I, like Gavin, wouldn't be so quick to rule him out.

24 years old-good age

Good finisher, with a great physicality and a great appetite to work hard that bullied our centre backs so easily. Knows the league, decent scoring record that is excellent internationally. And financially very gettable.

He was the difference in our league game with them, if we had him we would have won.

Downside is he lacks electric pace, but is not Tosun style slow, and is excellent in the air.

In reality we are a level or two below getting a Timo Werner, Piatek or even Lukaku. He will be a very decent striker for our current and next stage of development. And if he does the same job he did for Fulham he will get 15 odd goals which would be very handy and would move us up at least 2 positions.

Then get your big gun striker. He would be a very handy squad player in any top 6 side by that stage.

Not a bad option but may still need another one as well.

Mike Gaynes
22 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:35:03
David #21, even if Mitrovic did give us 15 next season (which I doubt), that would be the same number we got out of our strikers this year (DCL 8, Tosun 3, Richarlison 4 when he played striker).

Do you really think he's gonna move us up past ManUtd or Arsenal next season?

Sorry, no sale.

Martin Berry
23 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:47:24
Dave 21#
Spot on. He could actually be a steal, as he is young, Premiership proven and will get even better.

There are not many of his type around, a definite goer this one. Expect this to be wrapped up before the end of the month.
David Tennant
24 Posted 18/05/2019 at 02:46:48
To Mike #22,

I want to qualify this by accepting that at this moment DCL is our number 1 striker and any new striker would first have to displace him.

I understand he might not be the the thrilling name you crave, but you have to admit Mitrovic is a marked step up from Tosun (who I do like but just isn't working out).

You're argument of using 3 strikers to equate the goals Mitrovic could get to just him doesn't wash. You should actually be comparing the goals and contribution of 1 striker vs the other, the fact you need 3 actually lends credence to Mitrovic as a viable option.

I.e. it took 3 of our strikers contribution to equal his.

Beyond that what other better striking options are out there that would join us?

In summary:

A strike force consisting of DCL and Mitrovic as options is far better than DCL and Tosun and actually realistically gettable.

Plus I'd want another to add to our options.

I do not include Richarlison in this striker list as he proved a far better option Right side especially with Coleman and I wouldn't want to disturb that.

David Tennant
25 Posted 18/05/2019 at 02:55:16
And to Martin #23

I am in complete agreement with you

Andrew Yates
26 Posted 18/05/2019 at 03:26:55
The amount of crosses Digne puts in, this guy could thrive, he's a relatively old fashioned number 9 and I for one want an old fashioned number 9 actually wearing the number 9!

If he flops, there's still sell on value and he's no more of a risk, less really due to his experience, than going for the La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga strikers.

I'd support this, who doesn't like a big striker with an element of anger?

Jim Harrison
27 Posted 18/05/2019 at 04:22:59
Would any of the top six even consider him as good enough to be even good enough to be a squad player? I doubt it

Looks average at best to me, can’t see in being the striker to take us to the next level.

Tony Everan
28 Posted 18/05/2019 at 08:39:07
I like Mitrovic to an extent, I can see why the interest, he is a tenacious and aggressive player who likes to be in the thick of it. Better than Tosun overall. Some decent stats too.

The downside is, I don't think he is good enough though to take us to the next level. He would be in direct competition with DCL. We need someone with better pace, more skill and composure. Mitrovic doesnt have enough class.

Compare him to some top strikers and ask yourself would you rather have Mitrovic or Lukaku ?
Mitrovic or Vardy ?
Mitrovic or Lacazette?

Maybe reality will bite and we will have to improve in stages , Mitrovic is achievable and will consolidate our best of the rest position and get us closer.

He is only above average though, and not enough of an upgrade to get us into the top 4/ 6.

Rob Dolby
29 Posted 18/05/2019 at 09:04:47
Not good enough for me. We already have better at the club.

All's that he would offer is aggression. I don't see much else. A younger version of Murray from Brighton.

Brands needs to bring in the next quality up. Either by breaking our transfer record or by looking at younger players otherwise we are back to treading water.

Colin Glassar
30 Posted 18/05/2019 at 09:48:15
All presuming M&M want a big, slow, traditional type, one track bully up front of course.

Mitrovic, according to my Geordie mate, was a disruptive influence in the Toon squad. Always in a strop, poor attitude in training, bit of a loner etc... He might’ve changed his attitude but he’s still a shit player and not good enough for what we need eg mobility and speed.

Hugh Jenkins
31 Posted 18/05/2019 at 10:03:54
Jim (27) - I am ambivalent with regard to the prospect of seeing Mitrovic in an EFC shirt next season but agree with your point on the top six issue.

However, we, at present are not a top six side and will need to make incremental improvements in the next couple of seasons in order to become a top six (and hopefully regular top 4) side.

To do that will probably take several changes of playing personnel in key areas over that period.

Consequently players like Mitrovic might help us get from 8th to 6th or 5th or even 4th, but may not then be the players we would use, having arrived there.

As we know, in order to attract the very best, you have to be able to offer European football at the very least and, if possible Champions League.

We can't at the moment, but possibly players like Mitrovic (or others) can help us on the journey.

These choices are, of course, what we have employed Messrs Brands and Silva, to determine.

Steve Carse
32 Posted 18/05/2019 at 10:47:03
I'd rather we go for Che Adams at Birmingham. Similar age to Calvert-Lewin but is a more aggressive version and strikes a ball far better. Scored 22 league goals last season in a bang average team, playing in all 46 games.
As a bonus, one of his middle names is Everton.
David Pearl
33 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:03:09
I’d take him as a loan for a year with an option to buy. And has been said Digne needs a target in the box that will attack the ball.
Brian Harrison
34 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:08:32
I hope that Silva and Brands have more ambition than those on here believing Mitrovic would be a good buy. Benitez was happy to let him go from Newcastle yet some posters are making a case for us to sign him really??

I thought our ambition was to challenge for a top 6 spot, players like Mitrovic are not the quality to push us on to challenge for a top 6 spot.

I would hope that within the next 2/3 weeks we either tie up a deal with Chelsea for Zouma or move for a replacement as I don't believe Mina is good enough to replace him. We should offer chelsea whatever they want for Zouma as his partnership with Keane is vital if we are to progress to the next level next season.

Brian Williams
35 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:21:50
Agree with my namesake, we need to aim higher than Mitrovic.
I feel we need a pacey, tricky, mobile type of striker in the mold of Aubameyang or Moura.
One who can also be involved in the build up play and bring others into goal scoring opportunities.
Ben Jones
36 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:43:14
People say Mitrovic isn’t good enough but he has performed better than Calvert Lewin this season.

Who can we realistically get who’s better? People like Werner are way out of the reach.

I’m seeing a lot of people saying the same but no solutions.

Anthony Murphy
37 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:46:14
If we do bring him him, he would be a direct replacement for Tosun who will probably head back to Turkey. This type of signing is a bit Everton during the Moyes era and we should be thinking bigger now, but the likelihood is that Silva will see DCL as first choice up front so is just looking for someone happy to be second choice whilst able to offer something different and able to change things from the bench. If he can contribute 10 goals a season from the bench it’ll be shrewd business.
Derek Knox
38 Posted 18/05/2019 at 12:09:38
Anthony @37, agree we should be thinking bigger and better, but at the money being mentioned, if we did go for him, I think I would be looking for more than 10 goals a season.
Kieran Kinsella
39 Posted 18/05/2019 at 13:32:13
I would rather we get Mbappe
Alan J Thompson
40 Posted 18/05/2019 at 14:15:25
Apart from the last game against Fulham I've only seen bits and pieces but for 10-15M he could be worth a punt.
Jim Burns
41 Posted 18/05/2019 at 14:46:57
David @ 21 - good sensible post. Kieran @ 39 - meanwhile back on planet earth.

If we had converted just a few of the balls into the oppositions box last season we'd have been chasing a top 4 spot. It isn't necessarily about getting a top drawer big name - even if we could - its about that piece that's been missing upfront all season - a reliable finisher. Mitrovic is exactly the type that could fit in while we build. Tosun was meant to have filled that spot - he doesn't.

Jim Harrison
42 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:11:28
Hugh 31

My point, is that he wouldn't even make their squads, let alone their team!

I appreciate where we currently sit, but to get close to the guys above us we need better players than this lad.

Fran Mitchell
43 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:27:40
Not good enough. Looking at his goals, and you may think 'double figures for the worst team in the league' and suggest he would do bettee in a better team.

But that ignores his woeful finishing in general, his slow turn and woeful ball retention skills. I remember watching Fulham vd Liverpool, and Fulham had some promising counter attacks, but each time the ball reached Mitrovic, the attack broke down.

Also, he just would not fit our system. Rather put faither in DCL.

James Stewart
44 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:35:31
Better than Tosun but then who isn't!

Whether he is better than DCL is more debatable. I would take him as a strong backup option but do we really need that? I'm not so sure.

I'd like to see us sign a Costa level type player.

Darren Hind
45 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:33:06
The barrel scraping has started before the current season has even ended.

I wonder if A Sanchez could be tempted to sacrifice staggeringly stupid wages in order to get his career back on track?

Rob Halligan
46 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:55:32
Don't ask then you don't get Darren. He can only say no!!
Tony Hill
47 Posted 18/05/2019 at 20:26:00
Would Iheanacho still be worth a go? We owe him for his magnificent miss against City, but he looked a real poacher and finisher at one time and he's still only 22. I imagine he'd be quite cheap.
Jeff Armstrong
48 Posted 18/05/2019 at 21:50:20
Sorry but Mitrovic is shit..
Newcastle reject
Tom Bowers
49 Posted 18/05/2019 at 22:28:38
He puts himself about but quite honestly I rate him little more than the likes of Tosun, Niasse and Deeney ( Championship standard players) Everton need a class target man but not necessarily a big guy. Just look at what City have done with smaller forwards.
Mike Jones
50 Posted 18/05/2019 at 22:53:13
He’s shit.

We will have lots of rumours. I trust Brands

Mike Jones
51 Posted 18/05/2019 at 23:00:31
He’s shit.

We will have lots of rumours. I trust Brands

Mike Jones
52 Posted 18/05/2019 at 23:07:07
We aren’t buying middle performers anymore as a general rule ( I’m sure we’ll by the odd one - Kendall First time round did - Reid, gray, power). Brands is buying players not many of us have heard of before and younger than 26.

I agree wholeheartedly with the approach. I’m pissed off being second best all the time. I’m nearly 50, I want success for the younger Evertonians by the time I’m 60. I’ve seen League, cup and European wins I want my grandkids to feel the same.

We need a different approach. I think it is coming.

Brian Williams
53 Posted 18/05/2019 at 23:21:23
The story says "Sky understands"... In other words, this is a complete and utter load of bollocks!

It's not the first "rumour" of this window that's complete and utter bollocks — and unfortunately it's far from the last!

Derek Thomas
54 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:08:35
If Silva was a fan of 4-4-2, then maybe. The age is right and if the price was right and as somebody said earlier, there not many of his (Giroud, Llorente) types about.

I don't think we can afford to carry him on the staff (like spurs and arsenal) for the odd time he might come in useful. But we also are carrying about 10 extra right now.

I re-read that and there's too many ifs, so in Brands we trust – for now.

Brian Wilkinson
55 Posted 19/05/2019 at 04:17:04
I agree with another poster, Che Adams is well worth a punt.

Would not be too disheartened if we got Mitrovic for a fair price, certainly better than the strikers we have at the moment, for those saying Calvert Lewin is still young and one for the future, there is just 2 years difference in age of Calvert and Mitrovic.

Derek Knox
56 Posted 19/05/2019 at 23:14:03
Brian @55, I like that Che Adams too, the only question being, would he find goals as easy to come by in the World of the Premier League?

Then again every player has a risk element to his signing, but it is more noticeable with a striker, for obvious reasons.

Tony Everan
57 Posted 20/05/2019 at 16:04:04
I watched a Birmingham Friday night game a few weeks ago and watched Che Adams because of the speculation of a move to the Prem. He had an average sort of a game and I didn't see the spark or class required to make it as a top 4 / 6 player. Maybe I need to watch more of him to have a better idea.
Kim Vivian
58 Posted 21/05/2019 at 11:57:59
I have thought about him before and, for a spell included him in my fantasy team but his team were the problem.

IF, and only if the money is sensible I think he could be a decent fit for us. A bit of the attitude we seem to be missing, seems a bit of a yard dog but with some of the more sublime figures we have, and with good discipline I reckon he could be worth a punt.

Sam Hoare
59 Posted 24/05/2019 at 10:01:17
Fulham want £30m for him apparently. Reasonable I suppose as they signed him for £22m rising to £27m.

I don't see the value in him at that price. He is a physical specimen able to bully the defenders on a good day (as we saw at Craven Cottage) but has little mobility to run the channels and implement Silva's press and is far from clinical with the lowest conversion rate in the league last season at 8.4% (not far below our own Calvert-Lewin and Walcott with 11.5 and 11.6%.

Interestingly 8th in the top 10 finishers with 21.8% was Ayoze Perez. I've often thought he looked an interesting player and one that is beginning to add more goals to his all-round game. Think I'd rather him than Mitrovic.

Laurie Hartley
60 Posted 24/05/2019 at 10:31:32
Mitrovic and Gomes in the same team? – I don't think so.

There is a problem there for me as I would much rather have Gomes in a blue shirt.

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