Newcastle signed 20-year-old Aleksandar Mitrović from Anderlecht in a deal that promised a lot to The Magpies.
For a fee of only £13m, this was a relative bargain for a player of such a young age and with a lot of potential. He had scored 20 goals in the Belgian Pro League the season before, and there was only one way his career was going- up and up.
In fact, the Serbian international had said that he wanted to emulate Alan Shearer at St James’ Park and become a club legend. The 6ft 2 striker meant business, and Newcastle fans thought they had struck upon the marquee signing that they were searching for, and would rifle them back to the top echelon of English football.
This is what the fans had to say:
@NUFC two quality signings! Four more to go
— Sam Carter (@NUFCarter) July 21, 2015
@NUFC Well done Toon. Great signing.
— John Walker (@Macjakedom) July 21, 2015
— Daryl Taylor (@darylbethyname) July 21, 2015
@NUFC YESSSS !!! MITROVIC !!!
— Harry Nufc (@Harry_Nufc5) July 21, 2015
@NUFC Smashing news! Great signing. Keep em coming!!
— Culag Park (@CulagPark) July 21, 2015
— Martyn Thornton (@martyn1047) July 21, 2015
History has proven that it wasn’t to be for the striker at Newcastle. His career steadily got worse at St James’ Park, and was marred with disciplinary issues.
He scored nine goals in his first season with The Magpies, which wasn’t too bad, but wasn’t enough to keep the team in the Premier League. In the Championship, his fortunes did not improve, as he only managed four goals. He spent the first half of last season with the club, before being loaned to Fulham.
Since then, his career has had a remarkable resurgence, guiding Fulham to promotion to the Premier League, and subsequently securing a permanent move to The Cottagers.
This was the signing that promised so much for Newcastle but delivered so little.
However, many Newcastle fans believe that the Serbian was not used correctly whilst at St James’ Park, regretting the way that the club played him. He clashed with manager Rafa Benítez, and ultimately one of them had to go. The fans knew that this player had a lot of potential, and rue the fact that he was never given a chance to prove himself in the northeast.