Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to leave the club this summer after failing to impress under Rafa Benitez, and a recent report from The Northern Echo suggests he could be set to re-sign for Fulham this summer.
According to the report, Fulham are set to table a formal offer for Mitrovic when the striker returns from his post-World Cup break. The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour at St James’ Park in recent years, but he resurrected his stuttering career in emphatic fashion by firing home 12 goals from just 17 appearances for Fulham on their way to promotion success in the play-offs.
With his willingness to run in behind Mitrovic was a constant menace for defenders in the second-tier and his record in-front of goal clearly speaks for itself. Whether or not he can replicate that form in the Premier League remains to be seen, but the form he demonstrated at Fulham suggests he is more than up to the task.
With that in mind and considering Crystal Palace are short of quality options at centre-forward, Roy Hodgson would be wise to join the race for his signature this summer.
Although Palace ultimately beat the drop last season, it was clear from their results that they relied too heavily on Wilfried Zaha for attacking inspiration, so the acquisition of attacking talent must be the priority for Hodgson this summer.
Christian Benteke’s blunt attacking performances were a genuine cause for concern during the previous campaign, but with no real competition for a starting berth Hodgson was forced to stand by the struggling forward.
However, that simply has to change this summer and the signing of Mitrovic could prove to be a masterstroke from Hodgson. At just 23-years-of-age there’s no doubt that the Serbia international has plenty of improving left to do, and the flashes of brilliance he has shown in his career so far suggests he could become a fantastic Premier League striker in the years to come.
Mitrovic would offer the Eagles plenty of mobility in the final-third, a physical presence to disrupt defenders and a clinical instinct in the penalty area.
It has been suggested that Mitrovic would cost around £20 million, and if that does indeed prove to be the case then Palace should have no qualms about parting with a figure which would ultimately prove to be a snip of his true value.
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