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2018 Fulham Player Profiles: Aleksander Mitrovic

Yeah. I think this guy’s pretty good.

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Basic Stats: 20 appearances | 18 starts | 2 substitutions | 1,653 minutes | 12 goals | 1 assist

Economics: Six-month Loan from Newcastle | Signed: 2018 | Contract Ends in Summer 2018

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Goals vs. Expected Goals

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CC Thoughts: What is there to say about the Serbian international. Any one of you readers can go ahead and do a better job than I can to describe how much of an impact he had at guiding Fulham towards promotion. To this day, there are players, staff members and supporters that had no idea they were able to pull off signing Aleksander Mitrovic, a quality Premier League striker that has started and scored goals in Champions League and Europa League football, on just a loan deal. Now add the fact that, somehow, a 24-year old World Cup starting Europe striker isn’t good enough for Newcastle and he might come to Fulham for a hint of a bargain.

Now said bargain will be between £15-25 million, but you could do so much worse building your team around a striker that hasn’t had a proven track record for the club. Now the Premier League will be a different beast for Mitrovic. He did go goalless in his last four games for Fulham despite putting up 16 shots and it’s not like he was all that successful this World Cup.

But honestly, we’re nitpicking how successful the former Partizan Belgrade and Anderlecht man was in 2017/18. His shot rate might as well be at a tier that only Harry Kane can match. His hold-up play is of a standard we were hoping Chris Martin had but didn’t. Most importantly, his expected goals total goes hand in hand with his production on the field.

Let’s not forget the wonder strike that he had against eventual champions Wolves that really galvanized the SW6 to believing the Premier League is possible. Let’s also never forget the constant last minute daggers he put on opposing fans that saved the club from potential misery this summer. There’s just know way around it. Aleksander Mitrovic will forever be in the hearts and minds of Fulham fans for a very long time.

If only we had a contract that proved that he belongs at Craven Cottage for quite a while.

Key Stat: 28 shots from headers. In such a short space of time, Mitrovic was your club leader in shots that came off of headers. If you were to consider his style of play, it’s no surprise to see a 6’2” mountain man garner that recognition. What is shocking is that the next closest Fulham player to Mitrovic’s total is Ryan Sessegnon...with nine!

Your thoughts: I think based off of everyone’s concensous, Aleksander Mitrovic has to stay at Fulham because we always know he’s on fire. But is £20 million an appropriate transfer fee for him? Considering how long Tom Cairney’s latest contract is, would it be fair to give the same length to someone who’s only played for Fulham for six months? Dare I say it, what else is there for Mitrovic to do to make him even more of a club legend? Let us know your thoughts on the comments below.