Why Aleksandar Mitrovic will be Fulham’s key in the race for Premier League promotion
Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrovic joined Championship side Fulham in a dramatic last-minute January transfer deal and he could just be what they need in order to finish the season on a strong note. Although the player was expected to return to his former club Anderlecht, he decided to embark on a temporary move instead. It is understood that Mitrovic really wants to make his career with Newcastle work even though things have not been all that encouraging so far.
Regardless, Mitrovic will be looking to make the most of this opportunity and sharpen his skills further. Fulham are currently in 5th place with 51 points and as the season comes to a close, they will be hoping to make a strong challenge for a spot in the top-flight. To that end, having a player of Premier League pedigree can massively boost their chances for the remaining half of the season.
At their very core, Fulham are known to be a team with a style involving a lot of speed, direct attacking runs and a willingness to shoot the ball into the box at every little chance. Mitrovic can thrive in an environment like that. Although they have been blessed with gems like Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney, the club has been crying out for an out-and-out striker who can just come in and score goals on any given occasion.
There is no doubt that this move will greatly fuel Mitrovic’s chances of securing a World Cup spot while also ensuring his Newcastle future is secure. The Championship is likely to provide him with a greater platform to show everybody what he is truly capable of. Mitrovic is someone who wears his heart on his sleeve. His passion, attitude and unpredictability have made him a fan favourite for the Magpies but it will be interesting to see if he can win the fans over at Fulham as well.
The player did come on and make his debut in Fulham’s recent game against Nottingham Forest and the early signs were quite encouraging even if he did not score a goal. From here on, it will be extremely vital for Mitrovic to score goals for a team like Fulham.
Given their high rate of chance creation, they can get to newer levels if the Serbian gets going. Aboubakar Kamara and Rui Fonte have not been consistent enough and the fact that Fulham have brought in Matt Targett will allow Sessegnon to play up front as well, thus providing more scope for goals.