Fulham have now confirmed that Aleksandar Mitrovic has signed with them, at least until the end of the seasom.

The striker was set to return to Anderlecht but when an outgoing deal fell through, the Belgian club did not have the money to pay for Mitro’s loan deal.

So the striker instead flew to London, after first taking part of his Fulham medical in Brussels.

No doubt many Newcastle fans will be keeping a close eye on how he performs for the West London club.

Fulham Official Statement:

‘The Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic, 23, on loan from Newcastle United for the remainder of the season, subject to deadline day clearance.

The Club saw off competition from Premier League and Championship clubs to secure the established striker’s signature.

A powerful, robust frontman, Mitrović began his career in his homeland with Serbian giants FK Partizan, making his professional debut with their affiliate club FK Teleoptik.

Despite his tender age, Mitrović was top scorer for Partizan’s first team in 2012/13 as they claimed the title, and his form soon attracted the attention of Belgian outfit Anderlecht, who broke their transfer record to sign him in the summer of 2013.

His debut season in Belgium was a prolific one, as he netted 16 times to help his new employers win the domestic title.

Mitrović was in even better form the following term as he scored 23 goals, promoting Newcastle to part with a reported £13m for his services.

He quickly endeared himself to the St James’ Park faithful with his wholehearted displays, and ended his first season on Tyneside with nine Premier League goals to his name in the Magpies’ ultimately unsuccessful battle against relegation.

Mitrović hit double figures for club and country last term, and also netted in his first two appearances for Newcastle at the start of this season.

In the summer of 2013 he was awarded his first cap for Serbia, and he currently boasts a record of a goal every three games, netting 11 times in 33 appearances.

Director of Football Tony Khan said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Aleksandar to the Club. He is a talented player who has already amassed an impressive record at the highest levels of the game.

“We’re looking forward to him joining the Fulham squad and helping us build towards our ultimate goal of promotion this season.”



  • FatParosite

    Cover for injuries gone…. Ashley has not only got Benitez to do what he wants by getting players out to pay for deals. He didn’t even buy anyone. Blinder for the books. I just hope it’s to support a quick sale after the February TV deal announcement.

    • Mark Potter

      He hasn’t sold Mitrovich, or anyone else, so no obious effect on the books one way or the other. If anything, we are likely to be paying higher loan fees and higher wages for three new players, than the ones who have left. The main thing is that Mad Mitro can go and pick up ridiculous red cards in the Championship, and we can have an international striker who stays on the pitch and who Rafa has confidence in, and will pick him to play. As far as strikers are concerned, it’s one in, one out, so no effect on cover for potential injuries.

      For midfield It’s one in (Kenedy) with two out (Saivet and Aarons), but with a small number of minutes between them on the pitch, it seems unlikely we will miss Saivet and Aarons. While Kenedy looks like a good player.

      For keepers, one in, one out. With much more competition – We were hardly likely to risk Woodman in goal in the Prem at this stage of his career. A decision that was confirmed by his performance in the FA Cup game against Luton.

      For defenders one out, none in. Though Kenedy can play LB. But Sterry’ s lack of game time, also suggests no great loss there.

      It’s possible that the space created in the squad might be filled by a couple of youngsters.

      • Mitros gotta start

        We are weaker today than we were yesterday…..well done you fat shyte

      • Colin Brumwell

        Why not we risk Darlow every week

      • Mike Adam

        Really, he didn’t have a single red card last year in the Championship. More garbage being spouted. Think about it, Kenedy in one game has now played only 17 minutes less than Mitro for NUFC in the PL and our strikers who do play do not score!

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    So sad to see a young talented player wasted at this club … we bought him knowing he was raw but full of promise .. If he was the finished article we couldn’t afford him .. we sold ourselves to him as the club that he could grow at, we promised to improve his game just as we did with Mbemba… in his first premiership season (in a terrible relegation side) he scored 9 goals .. and then immediately expressed his desire to stay and help us to promotion .. if a 22 year old scores 9 goals in his first season this year he will immediately be valued at £25/30 million and again we couldn’t afford him … now I’m not saying Mitrovic is world class or some future superstar BUT he’s been msssively wasted and let down by the manager and the club .. in constantly playing Gayle and Joselu while ignoring Mitrovic as an option (both of whom have proven time and time again they aren’t premiership quality) Rafa has sent out a message to young players thinking of joining Newcastle United all over Europe … we aren’t the club to come to to progress your game.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      You’re being over dramatic. Murphy, Lescelles, Yedlin, Merino, Hayden and Perez and now Kenedy) are all 24 or younger and play regularly. The issue was singular to Mitro and Rafa not seeing eye to eye. It’s a shame to see him leave, but don’t act like Rafa isn’t giving many young players a chance to play.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Players like Murphy, Merino and Kenedy get the line “they are a yong lad learning their trade” … Mitrovic is expected to be the finished article… he’s not been allowed to grow and that’s the reason we signed him … a total waste

        • TheFatController

          Superman said his biggest complaint of Mitro was he had seen no improvement at all in his two seasons here…

          At all.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            How can he say that? .. after a very impressive first season at premiership level (apart from the sending off in our last game) Rafa restricted his play time to late substitute appearances.. how can you improve when you aren’t playing? … he’s improving at international level and in his limited appearances for us his link up play has been outstanding, some of the best chest control and awareness of other players around him I’ve seen.

          • Mike Adam

            Third on last years team in assists behind Ritchie and Shelvey, and he played only one third of the minutes they did.

      • Mitros gotta start

        And aarons

  • Nut

    Mitrovic has only gone on loan unless I am missing something. Personally I think it could be a blessing in disguise especially if he shows what he can do at championship level and catches Rafa’s eye. I strongly suspect a season in the championship may well add a bit more common sense and level headed nature to his play.

    Personally I think this could be the making of him with a view to being able to step up and play for us next season if he shows Rafa was wrong.

    • ghostrider

      Mitrovic won’t ever play for us while Rafa the clown is manager.

      • 1957

        You’re right, but on the bright side we might be rid of Benitez in the summer. Hopefully a new manager with a different style of play will see some value in Mitrovic and get rid of Benitez pet Spanish donkey

        • ghostrider

          Here’s hoping.

      • nufcslf

        Plus even bigger clown greedy fat c**t owner who is only looking at cashing in on him anyway.

        • ghostrider

          Cashing in on Mitrovic?
          The lad was loaned to Anderlecht until they couldn’t afford to take his wage on as they couldn’t offload.
          He’s now at Fulham.
          Do you seriously think Ashley is going to cash in for profit on him?
          More than likely he will either lose money on Mitro or at best get it back depending on how Mitro fares at Fulham.

        • mentalman

          whats the point in having a player on the books getting 50k per week when your manager won’t play him no matter how desperate we have been for a striker

    • nufcslf

      Sadly enough, he will be playing for us in the Championship at best. Probably just as well he will have had half a seasons practice. The truth of the matter is under this set up fatty is only looking to cash in on the bloke. He will never kick a ball for Cashley United ever again.

  • Mrkgw

    Rafa, Ashley, Charnley out. Complete disgrace, the lot of them. None of this is in the interests of Newcastle United. I’d have sooner seen Joselu or Gayle go to Fulham than Mitrovic. Fuming at this.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Preach brother…..preach

    • nufcslf

      You have a very good point with such a poor effort in a match where 3 points were vital. You would have thought the manager would have had a fired up desperate side for 90mins yesterday and it didn’t happen. Other than relegation I don’t see where this is heading.

  • Desree

    Mitrovic looks like odd bod Jnr off carry on screaming

    • Tino o

      Joselu is rubbertitty

  • Damon Horner

    Mitro has gone for now so it’s time to bury the oddly strong affection and back the lads still here for survival.

    Mitro wasn’t playing, there appeared to be something there between him and Rafa which would be daft to assume Rafa was 100% accountable for without knowing the background. If Slimani gets on the pitch ahead of Joselu and gets some goals it can only be better for Newcastle. That’s all that counts.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Let`s hope the lad does well & i think he will after last nights abortion plus another disgraceful display from Joselu it makes you wonder

    • 1957

      I seriously think he just needs a manager who has faith in him (like his national manager). In two seasons under Benitez he’s had limited chances an odd game here, 10 minutes as sub, perhaps understandable when Gayle was firing on all cylinders. This season though, for six months we’ve had to endure Hoss and Dwight pretending to be strikers, beggars belief

      Could Mitrovic have been better, we don’t know but he couldn’t have done any worse

      • Mike Adam

        Well said, that is all any of us are saying. But the Rafa protectors turn it into something else. Insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Insanity is sending Joselu out as striker match after match.

      • mentalman

        he does it all over the pitch, murphy has been playing really well and gets dropped to play atsu out of position

    • nufcslf

      Who knows what goes on behind behind the scenes, but I bet Mitro would have put the penalty away and made a very important 3 points safe. I also hope he has good success at Fulham and his league football has a chance to match his international form. Oh and Joselu is a total waste of time will go hand in hand with a third relegation.

      • Jezza

        To be fair Mitro had an even worse penalty miss against third division Oxford last season.

  • Tino o

    There is some good news colback has gone

    • Peaky Magpie

      Aye that’s Forests stupid needless free kicks against stat up the Swanee !

  • Mxpx

    W3ll this makes sense loan out your best striker

    • East Durham Mag

      Best striker?

      • Mxpx

        Maybe you think joselu or gayle are better ?

        • Cuh

          Please ask him

        • Jezza

          Gayle is far better.

          • Mike Adam

            Not in the Premier League. In the Championship you can say that he is.

      • Mike Adam

        Scored every 220 minutes played in the Premier League better than anyone Rafa has sent out as a striker this year.

  • Keeganontherebound

    I’ve always liked Mitro and feel he deserved more games in spite of his obvious weaknesses (temperament and embarrassing lack of pace). Having said that, 1. None of us know exactly what goes on behind the scenes and how professionally he behaves (arguing with Ritchie to take a pen last season was pathetic – this is not pub football) 2. He is playing international football so has a high profile yet only Brighton (allegedly with a low bid), Anderlecht, Bordeaux and Fulham (loan bids) came in for him. If this was just about Rafa being vindictive surely bigger clubs would be queuing up ready to pay a fat fee?

    • Damon Horner

      True, hardly had some top teams chasing him and that’s not Rafa’s fault. Chelsea wanted a backup target man, surely for £10mil he could have been an option and played his way into their first team if he realised his “potential”.

      I don’t dislike the guy but the presence of Joselu is the only reason fans are desperate to see him, when he played he was also frustrating.

      • Mike Adam

        Damon it is partly Rafa’s fault. He devalued Mitro. Comes out says he can’t be trusted, rubbish. He plays him 89 minutes in 25 matches. Why would teams look at him when he is not even good enough to play on a team fighting relegation, and behind Joselu for that matter. Then when Brighton makes a bid around 8mil Rafa comes out and says he is not going to a Premier League team. Any deals, dead. I am not saying Chelsea or Arsenal were coming for him, but you have to admit Rafa killed any other teams bidding.

        • Damon Horner

          Partial agree, Rafa closed his route to bottom half of PL but there were teams based in other top European leagues he could have been moved on to also.

          Without knowing more, Rafa probably could have helped him better, always been Rafa’s way to focus more on the team than individual management but reading between the lines and how things are on the pitch, Mitrovic is ‘capable’ of being his own worst enemy, the two of them look a bad mix for each other both personally and tactically for me so Mitro moving on could be good for both him and the club.

    • Mike Adam

      Not when he doesn’t play. Look what Rafa put onto the pitch instead, if you like that or you think it is better than Mitro, then I don’t know what else to say!

      • Keeganontherebound

        He is playing, at international level, scoring goals and going to the World Cup. So you’ve got to wonder why no one is prepared to take a punt on him. Rafa himself has said you need more than £5m these days to get a decent striker and has made it clear he is making do. No one is saying Joselu is the solution. But maybe Rafa has his reasons for moving Mitro on. It’s a team sport, not just about putting 11 individuals on the pitch.

        • Mike Adam

          I don’t care what Rafa says, I don’t trust him when it comes to the attacking end of the pitch. It is not whether Horselu is the solution or what we definately know, NOT. It is that Mitro has played 179 PL minutes this year and scored twice. It is that in the Premier League Mitro averages a goal every 220 minutes played, better than any of the rubbish the great Rafa sends out onto the pitch at striker. Mitro has no problem playing the team sport with Serbia. You say it is a team sport, well my friend Mitro was third on the team last year in the Championship in assists on the team behind Ritchie and Shelvey in one third the playing time. It is “insanity” to continue do do the same thing over and over again (play Joselu) and expect different results. You can defend Rafa that is your right, but I believe he has cost the club dearly with his player choices and negative defensive tactics.

          • Mark Potter

            He played 179 minutes and was banned for 270 minutes for violent conduct. Great record.

          • Mike Adam

            The Mitro discipline criticism is a joke. You bring up one situation that wasn’t even called on the pitch. Knowone except Mitro knows if he threw an elbow or it was accidental as he turned. Do they ever go back and look at a few of Kane’s tackles this year which should have been red cards, or the actions of Alli, no. Why? Is it because they are English? Mitro has received 13 yellows and 3, or 4 reds(if you count the pundit red), so that averages out to 2 yellows and slightly over one-half a red per season over his 6 year professional career. Hardly a discipline problem, if you think it is please explain it to me.

          • Mark Potter

            Excepting Shelvey, which of our players in a squad of 26 has a similar record? And while you might have a point about Alli, there is a difference – Alli is a great player, Mitro is not. Two and a half seasons and Mitro failed to show that he could be the next Shearer, as we all hoped he would when he signed. What we quickly saw was a lumbering cart horse who caused late dangerous tackles because he was just too slow to get to the ball. And he probably missed more chances in front of goal than Joselu. I’m not defending Joselu, but It’s a deluded fantasy that Mitrovic could be a success at the top level of English football. That we had a rough diamond that a bit of polishing by Rafa could turn into a great player.

          • Mike Adam

            No, Shelvey has a worse record, not a similar one. Shelvey’s record over the same period, the last 6 seasons, 35 yellows and 5 reds. There is NO discipline problem with Mitro. My point about Kane and Alli has nothing to do with how good of a player they are, it has to do with players not being treated equally on the pitch or off when it comes to the rules of the game. Alli is a punk and yes a good player, not a great player. I watched him step on a leg just like Shelvey and not even a yellow. Nobody ever said Mitro would be the next Shearer, but not you or Rafa know whether he could have helped score goals this season because he was only played 89 minutes. “And he probably missed more chances in front of goal than Joselu” you cannot say that without proof, ALL STRIKERS miss chances, but for you to just come out and say it is bogus. It is just like the people who say he can’t be trusted and has a discipline problem, it is just not true. And the **** like you(I won’t call you a name like you called him) who call him things like a lumbering cart horse, I will just say you are misguided. Go back and watch some of video him, if you are honest you will see that your reference is wrong, then go watch some video of Joselu and think about your comments. I respect everyone’s opinions but yours are just over the top a bit.

          • Mark Potter

            Sorry, if not clear. The point about Alli and Kane being good players is not about how they are treated by refs (you have a point), but whether managers can be bothered with them. Which explains why Shelvey had been given so many chances. Nor did I want to imply that he was equal to Shelvey’s disciplinary record (that idiot was banned for 6 games and shrugged his shoulders that he didn’t understand what he had been banned for). The point is we don’t worry about other players every time they make a challenge whether they might get sent off.

            But you should refer back to the games Mitro played last year in the Championship. For instance the Leeds game in April. It’s clear that even at that level he was not outstanding, we would not have won the Championship, and may not have even been promoted if Mitro had played upfront all season instead of Gayle. His failure to put away the chances the season before got us relegated. He’s not and never will be a great player. Read Shearer and McDonald about him. And he simply did not fit in the solid defence/quick break away that Rafa wants to play.

            We know that a section of the crowd loved his passion for the club. But it doesn’t take away from the fact that he is not good enough. And that doesn’t mean he’s worse than Joselu. Sure I’d prefer to lose Joselu, and keep Mitro – he has at least something to offer if we can get the ball in the box for him. But not as a first choice, if Slimani is the player we hope.

            But ultimately Mitro wasn’t prepared to stay on down the pecking order, because he wants to play in the World Cup in the summer. Fair enough. I’ll still be watching out for him, and hope he does well.

            By the way calling me a **** is still just abuse, whether you use asterisks or not. I didn’t abuse you. And you sound like a child complaining that I called Mitro “a name”. Lumbering carthorse is apt. And if you are indeed a child, then you’ve never seen NUFC players with poise, balance, skill, pace. Believe me, Mitro is not one of them.

          • Mike Adam

            Mark you are quite the wordsmith, I didn’t mean this and didn’t mean that. You have your opinion and I have mine, isn’t that the great thing about life, I don’t have to think like you and call people a child like you. Enjoy your opinions and the rest of the season. I have to go now my mommy said it is time for bed.

          • Mark Potter

            No, you called me a ****. But I can live with “wordsmith” ;)

    • mentalman

      well colback got sent to train with the reserves because of his attitude so one would imagine mitro would have joined him if his attitude was in question

  • Peaky Magpie

    Mad Mitro looks like he’s posing for the poster of a remake of Midnight Express on that photo….

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    If you are a betting man put a few quid on Fulham to go up not just because of signing Mitro they always finish the season strong and second spot still wide open.