Aleksandar Mitrovic makes it 7 goals in 17 days – You could say he is…on fire
Rafa Benitez declared he would be ‘happy’ if Aleksandar Mitrovic scored ’20 or 25 goals’ in his loan spell at Fulham.
With only 17 games remaining at the time, it sounded like Rafa was having a bit of a laugh with his unwanted striker.
After scoring another two this afternoon, amazingly Mitrovic might just deliver something close to that…
The Serbian now has four goals in his last two matches and seven altogether in a 17 day period.
Today’s strikes saw Mitro score both goals as Fulham won 2-1 at Preston.
Ironically, Aleksandar Mitrovic also scored twice in a 2-1 win here for Newcastle last season, two of only four Championship goals he got in total for Rafa.
The seven goals have directly helped the Cottagers win four matches and draw one, with Mitro getting seven of the ten goals in those five matches.
A great day all round though as Newcastle also won 3-0 (against Southampton) and I’m sure Mitro was extra pleased when he heard about that after the final whistle.
Including his goal against West Ham earlier this season, Aleksandar Mitrovic now has eight league goals in total this season in 674 minutes (585 Fulham and 89 Newcastle), a rate of a goal every 84 minutes.
With nine games remaining (plus potentially three play-off matches), how many can Mitro get for Fulham?
Rafa Benitez when Aleksandar Mitrovic moved on loan to Fulham:
“Now he has an opportunity.
“Hopefully he will score 20 or 25 goals.
“We will be happy with that.
“He would have more value.
“He will come here and say…‘I am a new player and you have to trust me because I have scored 25 goals.’
“Fine, no problem.”
Official Fulham site reporting on Preston 1 Mitrovic (Fulham) 2:
‘Keeping his cool Christie squared a perfect ball into the path of Mitrović who had so far been stifled by a stoic Preston back line.
The striker made no mistake and slammed home an unstoppable effort past a stranded Rudd.
He wheeled off in jubilation after what had been a frustrating afternoon and was mobbed by his jubilant teammates.
However, as the linesman raised his board to signal 4 minutes of added on time Tom Cairney ghosted in behind the tired legs of the Preston back line and lofted a cross into the box.
Mitrović who had already bagged himself a goal earlier in the encounter outmuscled the defenders and nodded an effort that crept agonisingly over the line.
That was that and the Whites returned to London with three points on another fine day away from the confines of Craven Cottage.’
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