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.
“(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.”