Out of favour Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic availability gives Everton an opportunity

Everton fans celebrate Chris Smalling of Manchester United's own goal by lighting a flare during The Emirates FA Cup semi final match between Everton and Manchester United at Wembley...

Everton are desperate for a striker and Newcastle United appear openly willing to sell one of theirs - seldom-seen Serb Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his sides third goal with his Newcastle United team mates during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham...

Aleksandar Mitrovic is his own worst enemy at times. The Serbian striker found himself immediately out of favour at Newcastle United in 2016/17 after a red card picked up on the final day of the previous campaign ruled him out of the first three fixtures of the Championship season.

And shortly after capping a rare appearance under Rafael Benitez with a goal in the 3-0 battering of West Ham in August, Mitrovic was slapped with a three game ban for a needless elbow on Manuel Lanzini.

It will hardly come as a surprise, then, to learn that Newcastle will attempt to offload the firebrand striker in January.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (R) of Serbia reacts during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Georgia at stadium Rajko Mitic on October 9, 2017 in Belgrade.

The Chronicle reports that The Magpies attempted to sell the 23-year-old during the summer and, with Mitrovic starting precisely none of Newcastle’s Premier League games this season, the striker appears unlikely to stay on Tyneside much longer.

Offloaded

Though just because Mitrovic has found himself out of favour at Newcastle does not mean he would not be useful to another Premier League club. Everton, in particular, are crying out for an aggressive and powerful presence to lead the line in the absence of Romelu Lukaku.

Mitrovic, who is a real threat in the air, could also get the best out of Everton’s fleet of playmakers, not to mention the set piece delivery of underperforming record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Everton's Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson (L) has an unsuccessful shot during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park in Liverpool,...

And although the Serbian international can let his temper get the better of him, although he can miss a few chances now and again, he’s proven himself in the top flight before. Mitrovic was arguably Newcastle’s stand out player in their relegation season with nine goals in 22 starts.

He would certainly be better appreciated at Everton.

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