Aleksandar Mitrovic had a busy day on Wednesday.
Mitro has not started a League match for nine months and a club match of any sort for six months, so something had to change.
That change was a last day of the transfer window to former club Anderlecht on loan…only for the deal to collapse after an outgoing move didn’t happen to finance the Mitrovic loan deal.
A swift return to England then seeing the forward sign on with Fulham until the end of the season.
Interesting looking through the comments from Fulham fans below, their views are overwhelmingly positive about the loan deal.
A lot of them seem to think that the fact Fulham have a Serbian Manager will help bring Aleksandar Mitrovic back to his best form.
‘What an exciting signing!’
Proven striker that will be a handful for any team.’
‘Mitro – a cult hero.
This lad is exactly what we’ve needed since SJ took over.
We are a flair team in a scrappers league and needed some grit to get us across the line to promotion.
Martin gave us a glimpse of what SJ’s tactics provide with a physical Center forward, now we have a younger – fitter – more aggressive player.
He has a bad reputation and that won’t hurt us either as it’s been a long time since we’ve had an intimidating presence at Fulham.
And with Slavisa obviously sanctioning this deal for his country’s bad boy striker there will be no behavioural issues, SJ will sort him. Best move we’ve made in a while.’
‘Both Mitrovic and Christie signed, well done fulham good deals.’
‘When Mitrovic went to Anderlecht in 2013 he was rated as one of the best 10 teenagers in the world.
He continued to improve in Belgium but something went wrong in 2015 at Newcastle.
Dwight Gayle is a very good Championship striker and would have been the obvious choice but Mitrovic could be something really special if Fulham can sort out the problem, if we do I hope we have a option to buy him.’
‘Happy Days ahead…I’m off to bed! Well done Fulham.’
‘I am so pleased with today’s signings, which I must admit I didn’t think were coming.
One question that I do ask myself though, if Mitrovic is that good a goal scorer, how come Newcastle have let him come to us, particularly as they can’t score themselves at the moment?’
‘The signings of Targett’, Christie and Mitrovic and the ability to keep ALL of our best players is more than a sign that Mr Khan has Fulham’s best interests in his heart.’
‘Don’t get me wrong, I think Mitro is a good short term loan if the owner doesn’t want to buy a striker, & Christie looks useful cover. But Khan’s still a “seller” & “loaner” in actual fact.’
‘Been reported in Serbia by the same group that interviewed Joka last summer, that there is an option to buy if promoted.’
‘If promoted, we could probably do better.
‘Saha was individually brilliant – Mitrovic is not of that ilk – but he is, in my opinion – and I reckon that of Jokanovic – exactly what we need in terms of what he will bring to the team. I would rather have him than any of the others – Hugill, Okaka, Grabban etc – that we have been linked to.’
‘I’d like to see Mitrovic alongside Kamara. Think that pairing could be a defender’s nightmare. Mitrovic’s brute strength, hold-up play and aerial ability in tandem with Kamara’s brute strength, pace and ability to get in behind.’
‘Thrilled to bits about this signing. Would start Mitrovic on the bench on Saturday, if coaches think his fitness levels are good enough.
A large part of me thinks that it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that Rui Fonte will benefit from having such a player along side him and could be the catalyst to kick start his Fulham career because I have no doubt that Fonte is a talented, intelligent player.’
‘No suggestion he hasnt been training hard during that time (he’s said that himself in Serbian press), and he’s had 5 internationals in that time.
Injury has cleared up now – there have been other things going on with him – his wife gave birth at the start of the year so he was back in Serbia, etc. I wouldnt be surprised to see him on the bench at least saturday.
They will want to get him match fit as soon as possible IMO – dont underestimate how important a signing Jokanovic will think this is.’
‘Wahey! If he can reach his incredibly high top level he’ll be immense.
Bit of a hothead, but hopefully Slav can keep him in check.’
‘I’m honestly surprised we managed to sign him bearing in mind that he was doing a tour of Europe all day, but I’m not complaining at all. He’s a bit hot headed but the fox in the box we might need to see us challenge for the top 2.’
‘Great signing, couldn’t ask for more in terms of quality on a loan. Bit of a risk in terms of temperament but hopefully he is just happy to get some game time and put himself in the shop window.’
‘I suspect our Serbian manager can get even more out of Mitrovic than recent managers have been able to muster. We’ll see. And what’s so wrong about playing with passion and heart? It’s contagious on teammates.’
‘What a rabbit out of the hat. Didn’t think we had it in us to get something like this done so late.’
‘No joke. Literally hands us a Striker the likes that we haven’t seen for years and now people complain about lack of fitness and no option to buy. We literally had the window we all wanted, let’s be excited for a bit.’
‘I can guarantee there will be Premier League managers and Premier League supporters proclaiming today “How the hell did Mitrovic end up there ? “
Fantastic bit of business for us.’