Aleksandar Mitrovic has now started three Fulham matches and was a sub in another two.

After so little football in the previous nine months, the Cottagers have taken it easy with the Newcastle loan signing.

Now they are reaping the benefits, with Mitro scoring in his last two games, including the last time out when they comfortably beat runaway leaders Wolves 2-0.

Victory at Derby this weekend would take Fulham up to fourth.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is quickly becoming a fan favourite and not just for his goals, with perhaps surprisingly widespread appreciation for his workrate.

Already there is talk about whether Mitro will become a permanent signing at Fulham but their manager expects a lot of competition for his signature in the summer.

If Newcastle could get something around what they paid for him, it could be a big boost to Rafa’s transfer funds.

Slavisa Jokanovic:

“(Derby County’s) Matej Vydra is top scorer (in the Championship), a very good player, I am aware of his quality.

“We have a special plan for that, he is part of this team and can be very dangerous for us and we must be careful.”

Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored only two goals with us (so far), we expect he can score more and work harder still.

“He can support the team and he can be a really important player.

“We were looking for this kind of striker for a long time and in the end we found someone who I believe can be very important for our team.

(Asked whether Fulham could make the move permanent in the summer)

“I don’t buy and sell the players.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is a quality player, he showed the quality in these few games that he has played with us and in the future we will see…

“At the moment we don’t make plans for next season but in the summer many things can happen, he is a very good player and I believe many clubs will be interested in him.”



  • TheNutJob

    so their gaffer doesn`t buy or sell players, a bit similar to Rafa then although Nufc like to give the illusion he is in total control. good luck to Mitro

    • mentalman

      not many gaffers do these days

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Aye but Newcastle shouted from the roof tops that Rafa`s in full control which we all know is a load of Shyte

    • Ram Kishore

      Fulham’s transfer and player recruitment is not similar to Newcastle’s, it’s a bit different
      And they have a better setup

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Our recruitment policy has returned to the traditional ‘manager-led’ approach. We went away from this in the early 2000’s with FFS trying a galacico approach and then Ashley bought in Graham Carr.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Rafa has not had the control and influence he has here at any other club except Valencia

  • Jezza

    “If Newcastle could get something around what they paid for him, it could be a big boost to Rafa’s transfer funds.”

    No it won’t, it’ll just be a big boost to Ashley’s bank account as always.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      As always? The money goes to Newcastle United FC, it’s never gone to Mike Ashley. You could Argue the bumper sale of Andy Carroll allowed Mike Ashley to get his ‘promotion loan’ back in 2011.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        it`s going somewhere & it`s not on players

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Most likely paying salaries, by far the biggest expense

      • HarryHype59

        He wouldn’t need to get his ‘promotion loan’ back, if relegation had been avoided relegation in the first place.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I disagree, we needed to get rid of a lot of overpaid dead wood in 2007, relegation helped in that. Carroll would never have had a look in with the old corrupt regime.

          • HarryHype59

            The obvious flaws in your argument is that;

            a: The “deadwood” was sold for over £40m to cover the income lost from the first relegation!

            b: Carroll was sold for £35m and the money was never reinvested in the team.

            c: The 2009 relegation was not a “one off” but was repeated in 2016.

            d: A third relegation in nine years is a strong possibility!

            BTW May I borrow your car next week? If I wrap it around a lamp post I will loan you the money to get it repaired!

            That is what your employer has done to NUFC twice.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            We did not make £40m in sales in the summer of 2009. Getting the likes of Owen off the payroll was a bonus.

          • Mike Adam

            Apparently he has.

          • HarryHype59

            So what exactly are you disputing?

          • HarryHype59

            Martins, Bassong, Duff, Given and NZobia were sold for around forty million in 2009. That is an indisputable fact!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            No, Martin’s was £7m, bassong £6.5m Duff £3m you can perhaps add Habib Beye at £2.2m. Given and N’zog were not sold in the summer window

          • HarryHype59

            Martins went for around £10m according to every media source at the time. Bassong was sold for around £9m and Duff went for £4m to Fulham. Given and N’Zob were sold for around £16m in the Jan window!

            The figures prove the club had a fire sale of its better players before and after the 2009 relegation.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Utter rubbish, the accounts show the sale figures for those players so no need for “around” or every media source at the time.

            Given and N’zog were not a fire sale, both were in a huff and wanted out. We bought Nolan at the same time to stay up. We weren’t favourites to go down in January, it was not a fire sale.

            Get the facts right rather than rely on the wisdom of laughable Leazes and joker Jezza.

          • HarryHype59

            The 2009 accounts show Ashley made a profit in the Jan window. The club was relegated in May. Typical Ashley short term obsession with cost cutting contributed to the first relegation. It may well contribute to the third.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      So very, very true.

    • kingfisher

      Spot on Jez 👍👍👍

    • Mrkgw

      Agreed iro the Ashley debate. Whilst paid in installments, Sissoko may as well have been sold for nothing. We celebrated the £30 odd million sale and for what? Might as well have been fresh air for all we supporters are concerned.

      • Jezza

        Very true. Andy Carroll and Yoan Cabaye also left Newcastle United on free transfers in real terms.

        • Mrkgw

          Yes, it’s a very sad state of things when we can’t benefit from any sale whatsoever, on premise that MA trousers the proceeds. Thinking back to the Keegan era when he stood on the steps of St James justifying the sale of Andy Cole. If that were now, he would be wasting his time.

        • HarryHype59

          Any manager at this club is handicapped by the way Fatso does transfers! He accepts staggered payments for players that are sold (Sissoko) but refuses to allow managers to bring better players in, on staggered payments.

          That is one reason why the transfer record hasn’t been broken since Owen.

          • Jezza

            The transfer record hasn’t been broken since 2005 and never will be because it has always been Ashley’s policy to draw profits from the club rather than invest in the playing squad.

  • kingfisher

    “Already there is talk about whether Mitro will become a permanent signing at Fulham
    but their manager expects a lot of competition for his signature in the summer”?
    Yes, but not from any Premier League side! He has found his level in the Championship,and good look to him!
    If he stays at Fulham next season,he may play against us, and not just because Fulham may be promoted !

    • Mrkgw

      If Mitrovic continues his run of form then count on Premiership sides wanting to sign him. He isn’t an international striker for nothing. Its a shame that he has been hung out to dry by his very own Manager who didn’t give him a look in. Appalling.

      • Jezza

        To be fair if he had been born in Italy, Germany, France or Spain or such like, it is highly unlikely he’d ever be an international striker.

        • Mrkgw

          Thats fair enough Jezza but factor that the lad is only about 23. Moreover, in our current state, Ashley would not see us sign a top drawer forward from the likes of Germany. I reckon he will prove many wrong -Rafa being one. Above all, there is no way that the powers that be should have sent him packing without adequate cover or a longer term replacement. It really does beggar belief.

          • Jezza

            To be fair I can’t get away with this line about Mitro being “only 23”. I think the age of 23 is too far along in a player’s career to be still talking about potential. Alan Shearer was an England international with 100 top flight goals under his belt when he was 23, Shola Ameobi had potential at 23.

            Mitro may or may not go on prove people wrong but to be truthfull, from what I have seen of him in the flesh playing for Newcastle, I haven’t been impressed.

            I think we are all agreed that Ashley has left NUFC shockingly short in the striker department ever since Andy Carroll left and yes that really does beggar belief.

          • Mrkgw

            See your counter argument and same could be said of Adam Armstrong who (in my view) won’t cut it in the premiership. Yes, there were occassions when Mitro missed sitters, had poor games and even got stupidly sent off. But, I reckon he was one of those players in need of confidence and support from his Manager. Of course, we don’t know goings on behind the scenes and for all we know, Rafa might have had his hands full. I think the main thing which has me vexed is the clubs signing of a highly unfit Slimani as a replacement. That reeks for me and sadly, it taints Rafa. I already can’t abide the Ashley/Charnley regime and whatever the mechanics behind the signing, it happened under Rafa’s watch. For me, we would have been better off keeping hold of Mitro.

          • Jezza

            Mitro had his moments in the relegation season and I really expected big things of him in the Championship. I was hoping he’d start banging in the goals at that level the way Shola and Lovenkrands did in 09/10 but it just didn’t work out that way. He seemed to go backwards in his development last season.

            As for the two loan deals in January I don’t believe Rafa had a say in either deal. It was perfect for Ashley because he got one of the clubs biggest earners off the books and brought in an injured player who won’t cost a penny till he actually plays for us which is looking increasingly likely to never happen.

            Slimani was the only striker the club were ever going to sign in January because he was the only one available on a pay per play deal. It was just a token signing to appease the fans. Ashley was never going to dip into the profits for a striker, not even on loan as the Daniel Sturridge debacle showed.

          • Mrkgw

            Problem is Jezza, that Rafa near enough refused to play him in the Championship, preferring Murphy. I can’t recall the sequence of games at the time but Mitro scored in a couple of consecutive games only to thereafter find himself on the bench. Another thing which grated on me was Rafas continual rotation but at the end of the day, thats just my opinion at the end of the day. One thing that we near all enough agree on is that we need Ashley gone, as things will only continue to worsen whilst he is at the club.

          • thewildchimp

            Jezza, he’s banging them for Fulham 1 per start, so far. We are talking about the lad who played almost no first string football for some 10 months.

          • Jezza

            Certainly not the first striker to flop at Newcastle then go on to do well elsewhere. Mark McGhee (first time round), Mick Harford and Jon Dahl Tomasson amongst many others.

          • thewildchimp

            I agree. But then we have to ask: a good buy at the bad time, or mismanagement?

          • Jezza

            To be fair we shouldn’t get carried away just yet. He has scored three goals in the Championship. I’m not sure if he was a good buy at the time. He was bought on the strength of his goal scoring record while playing for the biggest club in a weak league. Scoring domestic goals for Anderlecht is the same as scoring goals for Celtic in the Scottish league, not that hard for any remotely reasonable striker.

          • Mike Adam

            Yes, but he also scored a few goals in the Champions League at 20, including one against Arsenal.

          • Mike Adam

            Nobody is comparing Mitro to Shearer except you.

        • Mike Adam

          What??? Go away haters! Go defend Rafa elsewhere! Barcelona and Real Madrid what are you even talking about?
          You and others are so afraid that Mitro will prove Rafa wrong that you dig up nonsense like these two statements.

    • Jezza

      Yes there’s no sign of Barcelona and Real Madrid queueing up to sign him is there.

      • Lhc

        Who has Madrid n Barca queuing up for them tho eh tbh ne one bar maybe Harry kane Rafa dropped one hell of Boll lick but he’s a genuius I like you I’m just sayin I think he’s a duck egg n when ppl say anything about him there’s ‘chased out of town’ kinda thing

    • Mike Adam

      Wouldn’t it be ironic if Mitro ended up in the Premier League next season with Fulham and Rafa and NUFC wound up being relegated. That is another possible scenario.

    • thewildchimp

      Brighton, remember? Chris Hughton is no fool. If Mitro was [email protected], Rafa would sell him.

  • Mrkgw

    Of course there will be interest as he is a proven striker. Only Rafa can’t see it. Along with some of our own supporters with very short memories – remember, he ‘did’ score goals in the Premiership during our relegation season. Fuming with the whole Mitro situation.

  • thewildchimp

    Well, the game is at half time, he scored one already. I quote one of their fans:
    “Aye but he’s not good enough for Newcastle 😂😂 what idiots”

    • Mrkgw

      Truth is that Rafa dropped a b****ck in letting him go. It is for that reason that I dispair with him. Over-rated manager unfortunately.

      • thewildchimp

        Can’t organise offense well enough. Chris Hughton is the prime example how one can do wonders with a poor side. At least worse than ours. Sacking him was probably the greatest mistake Ashley has done, in my humble opinion.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Hughton was ok at Nufc but the football was poor. It improved under Pardew.

          • Mike Adam

            Yes for one magical season!

          • HarryHype59

            WUM!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            What does that mean?

          • HarryHype59

            Wind up merchant!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Oh dear, I used to think you had a bit more about you than some of the lesser members on your side of the argument.

            Chris Hughton did very well in the championship and on promotion but it was not Keeganesque football, attritional and direct. We moved on from Hughton and played better stuff.

          • HarryHype59

            Chris Hughton looks like he will keep Brighton up this season which is a memorable feat. The wage bill for Brighton was a fraction of that for Newcastle, yet Houghton was unlucky not to win the second tier championship.

            WBA under Pardew are heading to the Championship. The silver snide is on for his second sacking in one season. Chris Hughton has enhanced his reputation over the past few seasons whilst Pardew’s has declined.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Hold on, Brighton have a smaller wage bill than NUFC? Their chairman must be very tight to underpay nufc’s investment in talent. I thought Nufc underpaid on everything ever. The unravelling of your argument can be heard from the other end of your armchair.

          • HarryHype59

            NUFC are a far wealthier club than Brighton as you well know! It is of no surprise to find the wage bill is higher. The problem is too much has been wasted on sub standard players, both in terms of transfer fees and player wages.

            The argument was that Hughton is a better manager than Pardew! The league table supports this. I would have Hughton or Dyche at Newcastle in a heartbeat. Both can operate on the tight budgets at this club imposed by the owner!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Hughton is doing well with Brighton, he learnt from his time at Newcastle, Brum and Norwich.

            We didn’t play the best football under Hughton much as we don’t with Rafa. Pardew got Hughton’s side playing a more attractive style, in part because Hughton had us placed quite nicely.