Aleksandar Mitrovic once again got rave reviews for Fulham at the weekend.

Playing away to promotion rivals Derby, the Cottagers won 2-1 and leapfrogged them into fourth and are now only five points off an automatic promotion spot.

Mitrovic has now played in six games (four starts, two off the bench) and Fulham are unbeaten, with four wins and two draws.

The Newcastle loan striker says that the attacking style of play is what attracted him to Fulham and he enjoys it more than at Newcastle, where it was more ‘tactical’.

Fulham are joint top scorers with runaway leaders Wolves, whilst despite finishing in sixth last season, the West London side were also top scorers in the Championship, joint with Newcastle and Norwich on 85 goals.

Even though he felt the Newcastle style last season was more functional, Aleksandar Mitrovic admits you can’t argue with it, as United were promoted in top spot.

With three goals in his last three matches and praise all round for his performances, little wonder the Serbian is enjoying life again, having experienced no league starts in just under nine months at Newcastle United.

A win win situation surely, with Mitro happy and Rafa Benitez having a player who he doesn’t want and is now a far more saleable asset.

Aleksandar Mitrovic:

“It is a different style we play here at Fulham (compared to at Newcastle).

“The players enjoy the football more than last season (when I was) with Newcastle, where we knew how we wanted to play, we always played on the results, that’s it.

“This season, this (Fulham) team, we always try to score more goals than the opponent.

“Newcastle was more tactical, we didn’t play so much attacking football as we play now.

“Obviously, it worked because Newcastle were promoted last season, and I hope we are promoted again with Fulham.

“This is the reason I came here – the style, the players, always attacking, always trying to score one more than your opponents, always with a lot of possession.

“Last season I really followed Fulham and they were the best team to watch in the Championship – we are continuing like this.

“I really enjoy it and I want to help my team-mates get promoted this season.

“We know what to do, we know how to play, we know where we want to be.

“We know we have 11 games and we will do everything we can, we want to be there (in the Premier League) come the last game.’

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    watched Brighton rip into Arsenal yesterday and they went 2 up, i have a lot of respect for Rafa & he could take Newcastle to a new level with investment,
    what i don`t like is his style of football. it`s like watching a bunch of Robots following orders to the letter.
    not my idea of football.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Footballers that are punching above their grade. They sinply arent premier league and frankly some of them were average championship players.

      Rafa (or any manager for that matter) cannot build a capable squad with a style/directopn until Ashley leaves or has an epiphany. Its foundations on quick sand. Heres the plan then he doesnt honour it moves the posts lastminute so no one has a choice and ultimately doesnt spend/plan properly.

      The championship and prem are chalk and cheese. A striker ripping it up often cant cut it in the prem.

      • Mrkgw

        Here we go again. He can cut it in the Premiership. He scored goals in his debut season, despite peoples short memories. Rafa then limited his first team opportunities. Mitro needed an opportunity, thats all. No surprise that he is doing a job for Fulham and they are loving every moment. Very much at our expense.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Its not that… to get best out of mitrovic means playing a way where we would get exposed alot more conceding more goals. That way is easier in championship.

          In prem our squad is simply not good enough quality. Its easy saying just play this way but you need the personnel to do it.

          Knockaert was a world beater in the championship just the same as Ritchie and Gayle. All are nowhere near in the prem.

          The key player for Brighton was the business signing Pascal Grob. Brighton had a plan with an owner who worked with it. We had an owner promising one plan then turning it on its head.

          Mitro is a championship level player. He isnt our saviour. Rafa knows what hes doing and this season sint pretty but playing the odds should see us stay up. Then Ashley has no excuse but he will likely still not invest and the club will be in turmoil.

          Rafa with some investment planned correctly would have us playing better football gradually with confidence.

          • mentalman

            We bought the wrong players in the summer and that is down to rafa.

          • Lakeland Mag

            No it’s not, it’s down to Ashley reneging on his promises to support Rafa in the transfer market, leaving Rafa to scramble around trying to get anybody with the pittance Ashley allowed him to spend. If we bought the wrong players it was because Ashley wouldn’t allow Rafa to spend the money needed to but the right players.

          • mentalman

            Rafa filled the squad with mediocrity last season and he’s done it again this season.

            At the start of the season we had 6 players in the squad capable of playing lb and 4 for rb so we didnt really need manquillo.

            We bought a winger who could barely get a game for us in the championship and one who for some unknown reason cant get a game this season.

            I agree rafa didnt get anywhere near enough money to spend but the pittance he did spend was done so badly

      • John

        This crack is just boring now. Like the above comment said, Brighton went out yesterday and hammered arsenal first half and scored twice. They don’t have a world class squad. Up until they got promoted the most they had spent on a player was £4m. It’s about having a positive attitude. You really think you’re going to build a successful squad on playing with 11 men behind the ball forever?

      • thewildchimp

        Leicester did win the League with some “no-names” and playing 4-4-2. But they fought like tigers most of the time and got their reward. Like we did against ManU. Why can’t we always play like that?

  • Dexter Cousins

    I heard Mitrovic used to be a Fulham fan when he was a kid.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    He’s 100% right … we are so restricted as a team and as individuals under Rafa … last season we could have walked that Division with a more positive philosophy and a more offensive attitude

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      because winning the league obviously wasn’t enough for some people…

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Only those who saw the bigger picture… we didn’t build anything in the championship.. we didn’t develop a style of play that could translate to the premiership, we just did the minimum needed to get promoted.. winning the league was a bi product of that … the squad we had and the money we spent plus the weak nature of the division meant we were at a huge advantage before a ball was kicked … yet we didn’t build ?

  • Mrkgw

    We will never get him back at Newcastle now. What a waste. He should be with us and available for selection. Better than many of the options currently available. And lets face it, there aren’t many which makes the whole fiasco even worse.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He will if the Fat Lad stays & Rafa walks

    • Leazes.

      He’s found his level in the Championship and it looks like we might join up again there next season where he might be of use to us at that level.

      • Mrkgw

        His level would have been the Premiership Leazes. If only Rafa had shown some faith in him. Instead, he was hung out to dry.

        • Leazes.

          I think he was packed with cotton wool rather than hung out to dry, Rafa wanted to sell him and coax him out.

          • Mrkgw

            The club are in a right old mess as we know. What I cannot grasp is why our forward line is abysmally poor. Yes, MA is the obvious culprit but Rafa did sign Joselu with his shoestring budget. He (Joselu) offers absolutely nothing up front whereas Mitro at least had a goal in him.

          • Leazes.

            Its because Benitez wanted players in who Ashley didn’t sanction…. and didn’t tell him they weren’t going to be sanctioned. Rafa was left darting through the bargain bins with the store closing in five minutes.

            There’s no communication in the running of he club at all….. it suits the owner and his accountant, who will achieve his bonus again.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Spot on. Fans need to start seeing the wood amongst the trees.

          • mentalman

            Our attackers are expected to defend and our full backs are supposed to be our attacking threat. Unfortunately thats not dummett’s natural skill and yedlin just can’t do it

          • Ram Kishore

            Didn’t you see them attack against Burnley, crystal palace, Bournemouth, against other comparable teams??yes against Liverpool we didn’t do anything.. because they were better

  • kingfisher

    If he always liked Fulham why were they not his first choice? It was a desperate eleventh hour deal when his preffered move fell through.As usual another case of a player making all the right noises to get onside with his new club and fans.

    The jury’s out on wether he would have been a success at Newcastle.Personally I think he should have been given a few more games to prove himself, however having said that,he was a ticking time bomb and his short fuse/naivety meant he was always at risk of doing something stupid and being sent off.Obviously defenders knew this and would have targeted him even more, perhaps this is why Rafa wouldn’t play him ?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      he hasn`t even been booked at Fulham

      • kingfisher

        Fair point Moose, perhaps he’s learnt his lesson, but still early days !

      • Wor Lass

        He didn`t get as many for us as people make out – he just arrived with a bit of a bang!

      • Rich Lawson

        Think you will find he was at Derby,but water under the bridge now,he gets goals for Fulham and didn’t get a game for us.If we stay up it will all be forgotten.

    • Wor Lass

      They`re playing at a lower level plus he wasn`t the one doing the choosing, I expect. An ambtious player will always want to play at the top level. Weren`t the other clubs involved trying to buy him?

    • Peaky Magpie

      Well put….Fulham were his first choice because of their attacking style ???? Was that before or after the Anderlecht move fell through…the bloke is an idiot…

      • kingfisher

        Exactly Peaky,the man’s a fur king loose cannon 😁Hope the snow hasn’t caused to much disruption in your part of the world ❄❄❄

        • Peaky Magpie

          Getting better now but we were cut off from about 6pm last Thursday until Friday teatime….even the tractors & snow ploughs were getting stuck…

          • kingfisher

            It’s all gone up here on the North East coast.A little bit of snow and the country grinds to a halt 👍👍👍

      • mentalman

        Were fulham in for him officially when he left for anderlecht, if not you would quite rightly go for your second or even third choice

    • thewildchimp

      He obviously followed Fulham because he has ties with the manager. The same reason everybody was interested in RealM, because Beckham was playing there.
      If the media are to be trusted, Fulham approached him after he already got the offer from Anderlecht and decided to move there, fast forward a bit: Fulham manager asks him over the phone how the medical went and invites him again after hearing it failed. Of course he cared less for Fulham than the Belgian side, it would be a lie if he said otherwise.

      Was he ever dishonest wearing the Newcastle shirt? That’s what matters to me.

  • Dexter Cousins

    Gullible NUFC fans – ‘when I was a kid, Alan Shearer was my hero, I have dreamed of wearing the no9 shirt’ This lad says owt but his prayers, is a bang average player and is as good at fooling a section of our fans as Mike Ashley is.

    • Desree

      Yeh Mitrovic is a fraud

  • OleSteen

    I’ve read quite a lot of comments on this and the differing views make quite interesting reading.
    I’m a Fulham fan so have only been watching Mitro since he’s been with us. The big difference that no one has really alluded to is style of play. This is far more important than whether he is good enough to play in the prem. I feel that playing for us he would be good enough and for you guys he wouldn’t. That’s not knocking you at all you just set up differently and Mitro doesn’t fit that style.

  • Philippines

    Time will tell.