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.
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.
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.
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.