Aleksandar Mitrovic got his first start for Fulham on Saturday.
After two sub appearances following his deadline day loan move, the Newcastle striker was put into the side to play Aston Villa.
Villa arrived on the back of seven straight Championship wins but Fulham came out 2-0 on top and are fifth in the table.
Despite Aleksandar Mitrovic not scoring, the Fulham Chairman described him as a ‘sensation’, whilst the manager also was full of praise…
“Although he didn’t score, Aleksandar Mitrovic had a very good game for us.
“He held the ball up very well and had a positive impact on the game.
“His movement for the first goal allowed space for Sessegnon to score an important goal.
“Aleksandar Mitrovic was unfortunate not to play for many months, we expect we can help him to be in better shape for the upcoming games.”
However, always the best guide is hearing what the supporters have to say.
Reading through the comments below, I think you will be very surprised, especially if you are a Mitro-Sceptic.
Even Newcastle fans who think he has what it takes, would praise his potential goalscoring and certain other attributes possibly, but even they might be hard pushed to recognise the player that Fulham fans are describing.
Almost all of them mention his tremendous workrate and how he was a brilliant example to the rest of their players.
With Rafa Benitez seemingly not picking Mitrovic at all due to a perceived lack of workrate and mobility that he wants to see up front, no doubt a fair few Newcastle supporters will once again be wondering whether Mitro could have done a job this season in the Premier League?
Fulham fans comment on Mitrovic via their top Friends of Fulham message board:
‘Mitrovic is an utter beast!’
‘Villa couldn’t live with Mitrovic today, every challenge that presented itself to him he won , and through his ability to hold the ball up so well it gave the keeper the freedom and full license to do whatever he wanted to do with the ball,
Today really showed how much we’ve missed a target man like Mitro , he’s going to be an important player for us for the remainder of the season,
If we end up playing Villa at Wembley in May on a hot afternoon I really hope Terry plays.’
‘Mitrovic looked the best we had tried in that position all season and earned himself a game against City on Wednesday. A goal would now do him the world of good.’
‘I totally agree, he looked really good today.’
‘Good solid game and caused them trouble every time he had the ball and even when he didn’t,did some excellent tackling back and won the ball on numerous occasions.’
‘He will get fitter but I agree he had a good match today, I especially liked the tackling back. His goal will come and that should boost his confidence.’
‘Mitro was tremendous today. When he came off you could see he had given his all. Best ‘up top man we’ve had since the heady days of McBride & Bob.’
‘Mitrovic has a good work ethic, skill and vision..’
‘Moment that sticks out for me was him chasing a ball that looked like a impossible task before clattering the linesman.. most would have given up and the rest wouldn’t have chased the ball in the first place.’
‘Considering his lack of games he was outstanding!’
‘Mitrovic seems to be the player everyone hoped Chris Martin would be.’
‘So happy to see him show more today. I was concerned about pressure up high, but he did just fine and tracked back splendidly.
Made some crucial tackles when Villa were trying to restart their attacks, and we were put in good positions as a result.
He’s begging for the ball and congratulating + encouraging teammates, just have to love that. Very excited for more from this player!’
‘Make no mistake Mitovic is a really good player and is well above championship level. Pity we didn’t get him last January as we planned due to his injury putting him out.’
‘Yes, he was excellent. A constant thorn in the side of the Villa defence – he was great both on and off the ball and has a real footballing head. He looks physically intimidating, and his height and strength are a plus as we’ve often looked like a team of flyweights in a league of big lumps.’
‘Offers more options with the hold up play and he linked well with the team, he can pass a ball too!’
‘Best since Saha in my view.’
‘It’s been a long time coming, let’s hope we can keep him.’
‘What we have been lacking up front, played well but not as brilliantly as some are making out,not from where I was sitting.
And the Football league paper had Fred 2 points above everyone which I agree with and Mitro and Kalas as our worst on 6 out of 10.
But it’s all about opinions and we see things differently…Fred was man of the match by a mile,shackled Snodgrass.’
‘Agree very much that has been said regarding the link up and work ethic shown by Mitro.
Also hope he is a good influence on Kamara. Was interesting to see how Kamara came on and picked right up where Mitro left off. His first touch was a beautiful piece of link up with Sess. He also bullied Onomah off the pitch for a throw in that showed some understanding I am not sure he has before with how to use his frame.
Maybe the presence of Mitro on the training ground will influence his play positively as well.’
‘Mitro was my MOM, BY A MILE…Not to say Fred was anything other than great, but Mitro is that missing link and makes us a top team now.’
‘Was winning every (and I do mean every) high ball to him and having the touch and skill to hold it up and bring others into the game.
Also he got well stuck into Terry which was lovely.’
‘Mtrovic played with huge quality, don’t think he gave the ball away at all.
He massively occupied the Villa defence and allowed space for Ayite and Sess, this was seen for the first goal allowing Sess to use his amazing special qualities to ghost in and score. He won many headers, his control was fantastic. He seemed to know where other players were which surprised me given his short time at the club.
Finally he worked his backsidee off and was a great influence with his attitude. Looked like a Premier League player playing below his level.’
‘Brilliant signing. Mitro could prove to be the difference.’