Football Insider pundit Noel Whelan has tipped Aleksandar Mitrovic as the man Everton need in the January transfer window, but he doesn’t believe a move will happen.
Well, despite Dominic Calvert-Lewin reaching double figures for the season following his brace in the 2-1 win against Newcastle United at the weekend, Whelan feels that Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti needs another regular goalscorer in his ranks.
That is probably a fair assessment given the other out-and-out centre-forwards in the squad – Moise Kean, Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse – have one Premier League goal between them in 2019/20.
The former Leeds United man believes that Mitrovic would be an ideal candidate for a transfer to Goodison Park having netted 18 goals in 24 Championship appearances this term, although has raised his doubts as to whether it would actually happen.
The 45-year-old told Football Insider: “One thing that they have to do at Everton is get a goalscorer, get someone that’s going to get you 20 goals a season.
“Mitrovic would be great, he would have been perfect but it looks like he wants to stay at Fulham.”
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He certainly would be.
The 25-year-old has plenty of experience of playing in England and the Premier League – unlike Tosun and Kean when he joined – and he has a decent goalscoring record.
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In addition, he has a remarkable 34 goals in 55 caps for Serbia too, showing what a prolific and consistent goal-getter he really can be.
It would certainly be interesting to see him alongside someone like Calvert-Lewin, with The Liverpool Echo reporting previously that Ancelotti prefers to have a workhorse alongside a goal-getter up top in his preferred 4-4-2 formation – Mitrovic and the 22-year-old would certainly fit the bill in that regard.
Whelan believes he won’t be leaving Fulham in the New Year however, which could put an end to any potential transfer should Everton bring in someone else during the upcoming window.