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Each time the world cup comes around, new stars are born, the transfer market goes crazy and the world is an open mic stage to stardom for every footballer involved. Who will be this year’s previously unidentified flying object and earn a big money transfer to one of Europe’s football powerhouses just like Colombia James Rodriguez did in Brazil 2012.
The Sensible Soccer World Cup blog will bring scouting know how direct from the battlefield of English Premier League recruitment directors and chief scouts. Our blog will be opening the lid on just who is being watched ahead of Russia’s six-week footballing bonanza.
A striker already registered to a Premier League club in Newcastle United. Mitrovic scored 9 goals and claimed 4 assists in 2,115 minutes of football during his first season at Newcastle and followed this with 4 goals and 6 assists in 1,121 minutes during Newcastle's Championship title-winning season.
A regular player for the Serbia national team, with 16 goals in 37 appearances. Mitrovic was deemed surplus to requirements at Newcastle this season and joined Fulham on loan in January 2018. Since his loan move the striker has netted 12 goals in 17 games in the Championship and helped Fulham secure promotion back to The FA Premier League. Mitrovic has also scored a prolific 25 goals already at international levels and is still only 23 years of age (5 at U/19, 4 at U/21 and 16 as a full international). Mitrovic scores goals regularly at whatever level he is given the opportunity to play at including a prolific 44 goals in 90 appearances for Anderlecht.
Given the average player takes just over a year to settle into The English Premier League he is surely prime to start firing in the goals sooner rather than later. However, whether this is as a Newcastle United player remains to be seen. The statistics indicate goals will be available for Mitrovic and that progression is a possibility for Serbia from a group containing Costa Rica, Brazil and Switzerland. The three teams conceded 8,11 and 7 goals respectively in qualification and no doubt this will be something the Newcastle man will be aware of.