According to a recent report by the Sun, Chelsea are interested in securing the signature of Aleksandar Mitrovic from Fulham. The same report has also stated that the Serbian striker is currently unsettled at Craven Cottage following the departure of his former manager Slavisa Jokanovic with whom the striker had a great relationship with.
Mitrovic has been the shining light in Fulham’s difficult return to life in the Premier League so far. The Cottagers need their star forward to be at his best with a potential relegation dogfight looming on the horizon.
On the other end, Chelsea are flying high in the league and are in a strong position to secure a top 4 place at the end of this campaign. However, Maurizio Sarri has had a lot of problems with his forwards this season as both Olivier Giroud and Alvara Morata are currently underperforming when given a chance to lead the line up top.
The Italian head coach has been forced to play Eden Hazard as a false-nine forward in recent weeks. So Sarri could benefit from having a player of Mitrovic’s talents spearheading his attack at Stamford Bridge.
The Serbian forward can be a real handful for any defence in world football. He is dominant in the air and can also hold the ball up well using his strength and positioning. Mitrovic has managed to score a lot of goals for Fulham this season despite their recent struggles in the English top-flight so far.
His potential acquisition will undoubtedly bolster Sarri’s offensive options at West London. However, one concern against such a move would be that Mitrovic has little to no experience of playing football at the highest level. The Chelsea boss is currently preparing a team who can challenge for some significant silverware in the coming years. However, the Serbian has still not proven his worth over a sustained period of time which means that it could be a big risk for Chelsea to sign him.
Moreover, the fact that he is currently unsettled due to a managerial change does raise question marks over his mentality and ability to cope with high-pressure situations. If the Blues of London are willing to take a chance on Mitrovic, then it might just be a gamble that pays off as he would clearly be an upgrade over both Morata and Giroud.
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