So it looks like “Mitro’s on Fire” will keep on blaring a little while longer. Fulham were finally able to sign Aleksander Mitrovic, the man that made Slavisa Jokanovic’s 4-3-3 formation whole by racking up 12 goals in 20 appearances, has agreed to a permanent deal from Newcastle. The terms of the contract are five years with a transfer fee between £20-25 million depending on your source. It has been discussed what Mitrovic brought to the table with Fulham, but there is no denying how important of a player he was to the club. Bringing him back was certainly one of the top priorities, if not the biggest. If that’s not true, it will be quite difficult explaining why he took the number nine jersey off of Rui Fonte.
That being said, questions will remain if Mitrovic can be able to produce in England’s top flight. In his lone full season with Newcastle in that division in 2015/16, he went on to score nine goals on 79 shots, leading to just a 8.9% goal conversion rate. But with a combined 13 goals on 85 shots with Newcastle and Fulham in 2017/18, Mitrovic’s goal conversion rate skyrocketed to 15.3%. With him back in the hands of Jokanovic and his widely acclaimed system and turning 24 in September, Mitrovic has the makings of a striker ready to hit the prime of his career. Fulham supporters around the world will hope that that is the case.
Welcome back Mitro!!!