Ex-NUFC striker Malcolm Macdonald has questioned Aleksandar Mitrovic’s ability to cut it at Premier League level – suggesting the Serbian striker proved that he’s found his level during his recent spell in the Championship with Fulham.
This is not the first time Super Mac has had a pop at Mitrovic and it probably won’t be the last.
He wishes Mitrovic good luck for the World Cup in Russia – with the Serbian set to take on Switzerland live on the BBC tonight – however you can’t help but feel that’s only because a good tournament would see us fetch a bigger fee for the up-for-sale striker.
Here’s what he’s had to say, suggesting he isn’t good enough for the Premier League despite his impressive form in 2018:
‘I never really understood the way he was behaving on the pitch for Newcastle. It was quite obvious to me that he would rather have the physical battle than winning the ball.
‘In the Premier League possession is everything and he just didn’t have Premier League thinking – and I don’t think he has Premier League abilities.
‘In all honesty, by going down to the Championship with Fulham, I actually think he found his level in club football. That is his level in this country.’
Personally, I think this is pretty harsh from Macdonald.
Yes scoring goals in the Championship is not comparable to doing it in the top flight (see Dwight Gayle’s past two seasons!), however I think it’s premature to suggest he won’t cut it at Premier League level.
After all, he’s only 23 and did actually score 9 goals in the top flight during his debut season as a 21-year-old.
I don’t think he’s a world beater by any stretch and do think he has his limitations in front of goal (see misses vs. Costa Rica), but play to his strengths as Fulham do and he could be a useful Premier League striker.