Spending £13 million on a striker, you expect to have bought someone who has scored more than just four goals by January. After signing from Anderlecht, Aleksandar Mitrovic can only be described as a big money failure so far. But he does have obvious qualities, and he needs to show them if he is to keep Newcastle up.
Newcastle currently sit 19th in the Premier League, with only the near hopeless Aston Villa below them. Steve McClaren’s side have scored only 22 goals in their 21 league games this season, with only fellow strugglers Swansea and Villa scoring less.
The Magpies’ top scorer in the league is Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum with eight goals. All of these however have come at St James’ Park, a fact that has contributed to Newcastle’s poor away form.
Newcastle need players to step up and provide the goals that they need. One of these players must be Mitrovic. He has proven that he can score goals in the past, having found the net 36 times in just 69 league games at Anderlecht, all before turning 21.
Given that Mike Ashley’s other big money signing, Florian Thauvin, is following in the footsteps of another French attacking midfielder at Newcastle, Remy Cabella, in doing absolutely nothing of any use, Mitrovic needs to start performing.
There is cause for hope for Newcastle fans though. Of the goals he has scored, he has finished them well. In scoring his first goal away at Manchester City, he got himself into an excellent position before heading into the corner. His goal against Norwich also showed good composure, taking the ball down well on his chest before smashing the ball home.
If he can start to show this ability on a more regular basis, there is no reason why the Serbian can’t score at least another ten goals between now and the end of the season. At the age of just 21, there is still a long time left for Mitrovic to reach his true potential. However, Newcastle need him to score goals now, or they could end up in the Championship next season.