Aleksandar Mitrovic explains why it’s more enjoyable at Fulham than Newcastle United
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.
“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.’
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