Three reasons Newcastle must not sell Mitrovic to Brighton in January

According to reports in The Mirror, out-of-favour Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is reportedly a target for Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion during the January transfer window.

The centre-forward has endured an up-and-down career with the Magpies following his move from Anderlecht in 2015, with his poor temperament often overshadowing the ability that he does have on the pitch.

His issues were summed up perfectly in August when he came off of the substitutes’ bench to score in the 3-0 win against West Ham United at St James’ Park, but he was retrospectively banned for three Premier League matches after being found guilty of elbowing Irons midfielder Manuel Lanzini.

The 23-year-old missed the games against Swansea City, Stoke City and Brighton as a result, and his future has certainly been thrown up in the air after Rafa Benitez failed to name him in the squad for the draw against Liverpool last time out.

Despite the obvious issues that the Spaniard has with his striker, he would be making a mistake if he took the south coast outfit up on a potential future offer.

Here are three reasons Newcastle must not sell Mitrovic to the Seagulls in the New Year…