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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1 Posted 17/05/2019 at 19:54:13
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
2 Posted 17/05/2019 at 19:59:37
3 Posted 17/05/2019 at 19:59:40
4 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:09:09
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.
5 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:21:05
6 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:21:54
7 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:22:25
8 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:32:11
9 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:40:23
10 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:49:01
11 Posted 17/05/2019 at 20:53:54
12 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:04:26
13 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:08:13
I think Everton can aim a bit higher than this.
Id 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.
14 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:14:54
15 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:19:17
It depends what route we go down. The problem is I dont think theres 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 Id be surprised if they sold him for less.
16 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:01:31
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.
17 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:01:49
18 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:08:32
19 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:10:14
20 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:18:10
Move the n
21 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:12:55
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.
22 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:35:03
Do you really think he's gonna move us up past ManUtd or Arsenal next season?
Sorry, no sale.
23 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:47:24
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.
24 Posted 18/05/2019 at 02:46:48
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?
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.
25 Posted 18/05/2019 at 02:55:16
I am in complete agreement with you
26 Posted 18/05/2019 at 03:26:55
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?
27 Posted 18/05/2019 at 04:22:59
Looks average at best to me, cant see in being the striker to take us to the next level.
28 Posted 18/05/2019 at 08:39:07
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.
29 Posted 18/05/2019 at 09:04:47
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.
30 Posted 18/05/2019 at 09:48:15
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 mightve changed his attitude but hes still a shit player and not good enough for what we need eg mobility and speed.
31 Posted 18/05/2019 at 10:03:54
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.
32 Posted 18/05/2019 at 10:47:03
As a bonus, one of his middle names is Everton.
33 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:03:09
34 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:08:32
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.
35 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:21:50
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.
36 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:43:14
Who can we realistically get whos better? People like Werner are way out of the reach.
Im seeing a lot of people saying the same but no solutions.
37 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:46:14
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39 Posted 18/05/2019 at 13:32:13
40 Posted 18/05/2019 at 14:15:25
41 Posted 18/05/2019 at 14:46:57
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.
42 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:11:28
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.
43 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:27:40
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.
44 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:35:31
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.
45 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:33:06
I wonder if A Sanchez could be tempted to sacrifice staggeringly stupid wages in order to get his career back on track?
46 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:55:32
47 Posted 18/05/2019 at 20:26:00
48 Posted 18/05/2019 at 21:50:20
Ill say it again NEWCASTLE UNITED REJECT
49 Posted 18/05/2019 at 22:28:38
50 Posted 18/05/2019 at 22:53:13
We will have lots of rumours. I trust Brands
51 Posted 18/05/2019 at 23:00:31
We will have lots of rumours. I trust Brands
52 Posted 18/05/2019 at 23:07:07
I agree wholeheartedly with the approach. Im pissed off being second best all the time. Im nearly 50, I want success for the younger Evertonians by the time Im 60. Ive seen League, cup and European wins I want my grandkids to feel the same.
We need a different approach. I think it is coming.
53 Posted 18/05/2019 at 23:21:23
It's not the first "rumour" of this window that's complete and utter bollocks — and unfortunately it's far from the last!
54 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:08:35
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.
55 Posted 19/05/2019 at 04:17:04
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.
56 Posted 19/05/2019 at 23:14:03
Then again every player has a risk element to his signing, but it is more noticeable with a striker, for obvious reasons.
57 Posted 20/05/2019 at 16:04:04
58 Posted 21/05/2019 at 11:57:59
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.
59 Posted 24/05/2019 at 10:01:17
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.
60 Posted 24/05/2019 at 10:31:32
There is a problem there for me as I would much rather have Gomes in a blue shirt.
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