Everton must move for Aleksandar Mitrovic next summer

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Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic has been in wonderful form during the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign, and Everton should look to sign him next summer.

What’s the word, then?

Deemed not good enough for the Premier League by Newcastle United, Mitrovic has proved his critics wrong in the early stages of this season.

The centre-forward moved on loan to Fulham in January, and helped the Cottagers earn promotion to the Premier League before joining on a permanent deal.

The Serbia international has been in fine form for his London club this term, managing five Premier League goals in six appearances.

The 24-year-old has only just arrived at Craven Cottage, but Fulham will find it difficult to keep him on a long-term basis if he continues to find the back of the net at this level.

Chelsea have been credited with an interest, but Everton should make a strong play for the powerful centre-forward in next summer’s transfer window.

Why would Mitrovic suit Everton?

Mitrovic is simply a better version than Cenk Tosun. The Turk scored five Premier League goals for Everton in the second half of last season following a January move from Besiktas.

There is no question that Tosun’s scoring record at Besiktas deserves a lot of respect, but he has not registered in six Premier League appearances this season, and seems to lack the movement and pace to be a real hit at this level.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse are also not quite good enough to be regulars for the Toffees, and Everton will need a new striker to reach the next level.

It would be almost impossible to sign Mitrovic in January, but the Toffees should make a bid for the striker next summer.

Valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt.co.uk, Mitrovic has matured as a player and indeed as a person over the last 12 months, and now looks capable of becoming one of the best centre-forwards in the Premier League.