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Brighton And Hove Albion Interested In Newcastle United Outcast: Just What They Need?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Brighton & Hove Albion have made a very low key start to their maiden Premier League season. Chris Hughton’s newly promoted side dominated the Championship last season but failed to carry forward their form all the way to the English top tier.

Hughton’s side has not been prolific in front of the goal and the gaffer is vigorously searching for a suitable striker to add to the squad. According to reports, Brighton look very keen to rope in Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The Serbian international is no longer the first choice striker at the St James Park following the arrival of Joselu and could be ready for a new challenge. Brighton scouts were in attendance to watch the player during Serbia’s 3-2 loss against Austria in a World Cup qualifier recently.

It seems the Magpies boss Rafa Benitez has lost his patience over the player’s disciplinary problems and now wants to offload him. Mitrovic was banned for three matches in the Premier League for elbowing West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini and has not been able to help his side in front of goal.

The incident was overlooked by the match officials but later tv highlights caught him red handed and he was hit with a suspension. He was supposed to be called up for the Liverpool match but to everyone’s surprise, Benitez didn’t even select him for the matchday squad.

Mitrovic scored in his first match of this season but the suspension seemed to have played a spoilsport and the Spanish gaffer now wants to part ways with the player. Despite his limited game time, the Serbian international can prove to be very deadly inside the opponent box and his stout physicality adds another dimension to his playing style.

Another promising aspect is his aerial presence. The Serbian has a very intimidating height and his involvement in the game allows him to take on defenders. He can move to the channels to provide support to the other attacking players and can link up well with the wingers.

So overall, he could really be a good addition for the Seagulls and can provide them with a long-term solution. Goals haven’t been coming for the Premier League newbies and Mitrovic’s arrival should boost them.

Hughton currently is solely dependent on Izzy Brown and Glenn Murray for goals and the picture is quite clear as to why he wants a new striker at the Falmer Stadium. Benitez would be more than happy to sell the player as it would allow him to make room for new arrivals. So should Brighton take rope him in?

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