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Everton must be regretting missed chance on Aleksandar Mitrovic

Everton have struggled to score this season, with strikers Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Salomon Rondon netting just eight league goals between them – a disappointing return for a trio worth a combined £93.6m according to Transfermarkt.

The Goodison Park faithful have been crying out for one of their strikers to take responsibility upon themselves and become more clinical in front of goal, with the team lingering just above the relegation zone and Championship football next season a real possibility.

One player they most likely won’t face next year in the event of relegation is Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has just broken the record for goals scored in a single Championship season with 14 games still to go, as his club Fulham look like they will be heading back to the Premier League for next season.

Should Mitrovic have been signed by Everton back in 2019?

Yes, he would have been excellent!

Yes, he would have been excellent!

No, DCL and Richarlison are still better!

No, DCL and Richarlison are still better!

However, the clinical Serbian may not have had the chance to break the record, had Everton followed through with their interest in him back in 2019 and completed a transfer, but now there is no chance of such a deal happening for the £16.2m-rated striker.

The idea of a partnership between him and Calvert-Lewin would surely leave Toffees fans drooling due to the 27-year-old’s exceptional development as a player and recent form, earning the highest average match rating in the second tier this season so far with 7.71.

With 35 goals in 33 Championship games, the striker has also missed 18 big chances, which shows how often he gets into good positions and creates space for himself. He has also demonstrated a creative side to his game, contributing seven assists during the campaign and making one key pass per match.

Mitrovic, who was branded an “animal” by his former Fulham boss Scott Parker, has also put any concerns over his attitude behind him, earning him the captain’s armband on a number of occasions for club and country.

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His ruthless aggression and strength make him almost impossible for defenders to handle, and former Everton striker Louis Saha has likened him to a “old-fashioned” centre-forward. That is understandable as Mitrovic is the type of player who will put the ball in the back of the net, as well as the defender, the goalkeeper and sometimes himself too.

Everton have lacked that type of determination in the final third to score any type of goal no matter how scrappy it may be and have suffered as a result, while Mitrovic has thrived and now looks ready to become a prolific striker in the Premier League too.

Right now, Toffees fans can only but wonder what it would have been like to witness him playing alongside Calvert-Lewin at Goodison Park, had they only gotten that prospective deal done three years ago.

In other news: Everton must desperately offload “tireless” £48k-p/w outcast, Lampard doesn’t rate him

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