Date of Birth: 08.02.1995 (23 years old)
Position: Left Wing/Right Wing/Attacking Midfielder
Team: BSC CS U Craiova
Value: 1.200.000 €
Contract Until: 30.06.2022
Height: 1.67 m
Preferred Foot: Right
A native of Craiova, Mitrita started his senior career at the now-defunct football club, CS Turnu Severin, in 2011. After playing only a few minutes for them in the 2011/12 season, he joined Viitorul Constanta and made 10 appearances in the league. Predominanly right-footed, Mitrita is comfortable with shooting with either foot and possesses great technical ability.
At the start of the 2013/14 season, he completed his first 90 minutes for Viitorul in August. However, late in the transfer window, he was loaned out to Steau Bucharest’s youth team and played in all 6 group games for them in the UEFA Youth League, scoring once and assisting three other goals – all against FC Basel. He only appeared once for the Steau senior team, in a Romanian Cup game.
Mitrita returned to Viitorul in January and started getting some minutes under his belt, ending the season with two assists and one goal in the league – still only 19 years old. He became a permanent and vital part of the Viitorul team in the 2014/15 season, appearing in 27 out of 34 games, contributing five goals and five assists.
His promise attracted Italian Serie B club Pescara who signed him for €1 million in the summer of 2015. He was used sparingly in the first half of the season but made a breakthrough in the second half as Pescara gained promotion to Serie A with Mitrita an integral part.
Mitrita didn’t have a great season in Serie A in 2016/17 as injuries and bad form kept him away from large chunks of the season. He had to wait until the penultimate game of the league season to score his first Serie A goal, at home to Palermo with both teams already relegated.
Mitrita’s hometown club CS U Craiova snapped him up on an initial loan from Pescara in the summer of 2017 before making the move permanent in January for €700,000 after some great performances. Arguably his best performance so far this season came at the home of his old club, Viitorul, as he scored twice in a 2-0 win.
Strengths (Balance, Pace, Long Passing, Set-Pieces)
Balance: Mitrita, being 1.67 m tall, is blessed with a low centre-of-gravity which allows him to glide with the ball at his feet. Predominanly right-footed, Mitrita is comfortable with shooting with either foot and possesses great technical ability. His close control is impressive and he possesses sound technique. Mitrita has the ability to dribble past multiple opponents if given the opportunity. He uses his dribbling skills to good effect, not just to showboat. His balance and dribbling is without doubt his biggest asset. Mitrita has averaged five successful dribbles out of eight attempted in his last 20 games. He also averages four fouls suffered per game, winning a lot of free-kicks for his side.
Pace: Mitrita regularly starts attacks from within his own half by gliding away from defenders and playing other players through. His technical ability attracts opposing defenders to him, requiring double or even triple-teaming to dispossess him at times. This leaves his teammates open who Mitrita picks out with accuracy regularly. Mitrita’s sudden burst of pace also allows him to make extremely handy runs in and around the box, creating space for both himself and his teammates.
Long Passing: Speaking of his passing accuracy, Mitrita has shown on countless occasions that he can also dictate the tempo of a game when given a chance. He switches play to the opposite flank with ease, often pinging 40-50 yard passes to teammates. Given his technical prowess, I really believe that his passing is underrated because he creates many chances for his teammates which often go to waste. However, there should be no doubt that Mitrita possesses extremely impressive vision. His passing can be over-ambitious, as he asks too much of his teammates at times. All of these are reflected both in his key passes success rate, averaging 1.8 per game, and his successful passing rate, averaging 76% per game.
Set-Piece Specialist: Mitrita is often the designated set-piece taker for his team, taking both close-range and long-range free kicks as well as corners. He requires more practise as his free-kick accuracy rate is not all that impressive, but he does have the ability to put one in the top corner as shown by his strike against CFR Cluj in December 2017.
Weaknesses: (Concentration, Composure, Killer Ball, Aerial Prowess)
Concentration: Mitrita finds it hard to keep his level of performance up and constant for 90 minutes. At times he gets lost and requires substituting. If he can stay consistent for the whole game, he could be a vital player for any top team.
Composure: Mitrita creates a lot of chances for himself as well as his teammates. He often tries to shoot from long-range when maybe either taking another touch or bringing it a little more forward would’ve been the better option. His shots often either end up in row Z or in the top corner, there is no in the middle with Mitrita. He averages 2.8 shots per game with only 1.1 of them hitting the target.
Killer Ball: He has a knack for looking for the killer pass. Although he has the ability, his passing can get overzealous at times. Sometimes even when a shorter pass would’ve been the better option, he attempts an eye-of-the-needle through ball which would take out the entire defence. When his passes work out, they look sublime; when they don’t, they don’t look good.
Aerial Prowess: Given that he is only 1.67 m, it should come as no surprise that he struggles in the air, especially when played as a central striker. He primarily likes to cut inside from the left but when operating along up-top, it would be better to pair him with a tall and powerful striker off whom Mitrita can feed off from. He averages 0.5 out of 2.2 attempted aerial challenges per game.
Similar Players: Wesley Sneijder, Iker Muniain
Except for his dribbling, Mitrita’s position on the pitch, physical attributes as well as his style of play are all reminiscent of former Galatasaray maestro Wesley Sneijder. Furthermore, he reminds of Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain with his balance while dribbling. Mitrita may need a lot of work to reach the level of consistency Sneijder achieved in his career but he has the natural talent if he wants to work hard enough.