View: West Ham mistake identified as Karren Brady comments all but rule out move for Mitrovic
Karren Brady is not a fan of Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic judging by her latest comments, which means West Ham could miss out on a potentially game-changing deal.
The Serbia international is his countries all-time top goalscorer, while he recently broke the Championship goal record with his 34th strike in just 31 appearances this season.
But with Fulham now looking all but certain to seal immediate promotion back to the Premier League next season, Mitrovic’s future is being called back into question once again.
Brady addressed the 27-year-old’s form in her latest column for The Sun and while she accepted that his form in the second-tier has been a ‘one man avalanche’, she was quick to point out his previous failures.
“Nothing like his scoring has been recorded previously in the division and Fulham, leaders by nine points, must surely be planning for a Premier League future next season,” she said.
“One thing they can be sure of is the 27-year-old Serb won’t be scoring at anything like his current rate, 34 goals in 31 games.
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“They know that because he’s been tried and tested with Newcastle and not surprisingly hasn’t come within a country mile of it.”
But he has shown that in a team with an attacking mindset and with service he can score goals.
In each of the last eight seasons he has yo-yo’d between the top two divisions in England eight times, but his goalscoring prowess has never left him – only lessened in less offensive teams.
With Michail Antonio desperate for help in attacking areas, Mitrovic could prove to be the perfect foil and/or partner for him under David Moyes.
He’s quick, strong, able to run the channels, able to win physical duels with defenders and can finish with both feet as well as his head. He was even labelled as ‘incredible‘ by former Premier League golden boot winner Dimitar Berbatov.
West Ham have the resources to spend big and take him out of west London to bring him to east London, but judging by Brady’s comments that seems highly unlikely now.
That could be a mistake, because he’s young enough and has proven his quality enough times to make a real impact on this squad and help them get closer to their goal of regular European football.
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