Aleksandar Mitrovic has won the March Championship player of the month award.

The Newcastle loan striker was up against Patrick Bamford of Middlesbrough, Sean Maguire of Preston North End and Millwall defender Shaun Hutchinson.

Mitro has scored eight goals in his last eight Fulham appearances and these included five in five in March.

Overall, the 11 matches the Serbian striker has appeared in, have produced 27 points from a possible 33 – with eight wins and three draws.

This was the EFL Official website write-up when nominated:

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)

“Has provided the missing piece of the Fulham puzzle since joining on loan in January.

“His strength and ability to hold the ball up, bringing teammates into play, have been matched by his finishing ability with five goals in as many games.”

After picking up the award, Aleksandar Mitrovic:

“I am happy and proud.

“I would like to thank my team-mates for helping me to achieve this and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

“From the first minute here, I adapted really fast and my team-mates have helped me a lot.

“I feel good to play every game on the pitch so I hope that we’ll be able to fight for automatic promotion for the rest of the season.

I needed to leave Newcastle because I needed game time and needed games in my legs and I was desperate to play football, to be on the pitch, to score goals.

“It works perfectly for me, I really enjoy it here, my family enjoy it and I hope it continues.

“The manager, obviously being Serbian too, helped me a lot and the style they play, the players they have, I like a lot.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    A divisive figure at Newcastle, but if Fulham make it to the Premiership i hope they have the funds to buy him
    he seems to do well under a manager that plays to his strenghths.
    if he plays against us next season chances are he`ll score.
    It`s a funny old game

    • Wor Lass

      Definitely divisive amongst the fans but that`s not necessarily a bad thing. It`s funny how little comes out of the club unofficially – I haven`t heard anything about what he`s actually like in the dressing room or in training. Maybe it all comes down just to the fact that he can`t play the game that Rafa wants, after all.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        The same applies to Mbemba, both are young so best they leave

        • Wor Monga

          Why rope Mbemba into this topic?…we’ve got a first class pair of CD’s, and both the FB’s are performing well at the highest level…Mbemba isn’t unsettled, and he’s staying fit and ready to play if needed (same as Clark) which is exactly what the team needs…
          …you need to understand Rafa simply can’t pick everybodys favourite player because he has to go with what he considers to be his best 11 for the team set-up!!!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Monga take hike you a $$hole

          • Wor Monga

            Showing your class now mousey…roughly about the level of a 15 year old with serious anger management problems!!!

          • TheFatController

            We do have bizarre supporters. At any other club it’d be a case of ‘well, it’s always the way that a manager will prefer players he sourced for the way his team plays, unless an existing player fulfills that role.’

            Here, it’s ‘the manager needs to answer questions as to why a solid defence is not being broken up to give Mbemba a chance – he was our best defender two years ago, before the signing of Clark and Lejeunes and Lascelles’ progress…’

            I enjoy it, though, like reading the tantrums of 5 year olds who as you say, aren’t seeeing their ‘favourite’ being played.

          • mentalman

            The Mbemba thing goes back to earlier in the season when both Manquillo and Yedlin were struggling, there’sfew calls to change anything at the minute because the defence is performing well although i would have Mbemba on the bench over manquillo

      • Jezza

        Mitrovic wasn’t a divisive figure last summer. We all agreed he wasn’t good enough. Since then he has somehow transformed himself (at least in the minds of many fans) from a mediocre striker who struggled in the Championship and never lived up to his price tag into the greatest centre forward Newcastle ever had…..and he managed that without kicking a ball for the club. A truly remarkable achievement.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          We always have Joselu, so no worries there then

          • Jezza

            I fail to follow your logic. Just because Joselu is rubbish it doesn’t mean Mitrovic is a world class striker guaranteed to score 30+ goals in the Premiership.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Iv`e never said he is, what i do know is that to loan him out & start Joselu for 20 plus games was madness

          • Jezza

            In my opinion neither of them are good enough. The proper solution would have been to let Mitro go, not sign Joselu and invest a decent sum of money into signing a sign a top class striker or preferably two. Unfortunately of course Ashley would never allow that to happen.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Benitez didn’t think he was good enough last summer either,he wanted him sold……..but the hierarchy at the club were unable/unwilling to sell him…..if they’d sold him then surely we’d have ended up with a massive upgrade on Joselu…

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            I doubt that very much, the Fat Lad would have NOT spent the money

          • Kneebotherm8

            Possibly right there like………Ashley out###

        • Wor Monga

          that pretty much sums it up, imo

        • Mrkgw

          Have to say Jezza, that I never had issue with Mitrovic. Nor doubted his ability. I did however, have issue with Rafa not playing him. At the end of the day, whilst I agree with you on many fronts, I can’t help but feel that he has been woefully let down and hung out to dry by the owner and manager of our club. The issue is divisive and cause for a split in opinions amongst us supporters. Whether thats good or not – that is debatable too! 😉

          • Jezza

            Cast your mind back to the start of last summer when Newcastle’s player recruitment for the new season in the Premiership was about to get underway and we were all thinking about who we would like to see the club sign. Were you really thinking that we didn’t need to sign any strikers because we had Mitrovic?

          • Mrkgw

            In answer to your final question and in truth Jezza, no. But, as we now know and as you have pointed out previously, Ashley is hell bent on cutting the squad to the bone. Therefore, would I rather have Mitro or any of the current crop then it’s a tough call but I would go Mitro. We all agree that Ashley has utterly rubbed our noses it. Run the club into the ground. It’s absolutely disgusting. To see however, a lad scoring for fun knowing all too well that Ashley will ultimately sell and not re-invest the proceeds is galling. I’d rather keep the player. It’s a mess!

        • mentalman

          Joselu has helped him with that

  • Rob Brown

    If Fulham make the Premiership they’ll have what we had, a quality Championship striker struggling in the Prem.

    Do the names Shola and Gayle ring any bells?

    • Lhc

      Deluded

    • ghostrider

      He was hardly struggling for us. He was rarely played.

    • Wor Monga

      or how’s about Ings, Austin…or even our own ‘Big Andy’…all good, big championship target men, similar to Mitrovic, who have struggled for one reason or another, in the top league!!!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        what a load of krap, until injured both Austin & Carroll were scoring
        both are head & shoulders above the shyte we have

        • Wor Monga

          I never compared them with our strikers, but seeing as you did mousey…then I’d just remind you that Liverpool paid £35m for Carroll, and lost about £20m on him when they dumped the lad…Gayle was bought purely for a club going into the Championship, for about £10m, and his 23 goals got us promoted…Joselu cost us £5m, and was an emergency fill-in because Ashley wouldn’t finance Rafa’s bid to buy any proper quality, PL striker…

          …Ings cost more than both of ours put together, and has spent almost 2 seasons out…if we’d signed him back then instead of Gayle and he’d had those injuries would you still rate him as highly… seeing as we’d probably be down in league 1 by now…

          …as for Austin it’s enough to say that his lack of games and goals is one of the reasons his team of so-called PL quality is now in a relegation spot whereas our ‘shyte’ (so called by you) has more than likely helped us to safety!!!

      • Lhc

        Since when the f*k has Charlie Austin struggled in premiership when fit?! same goes for Carroll. Do ya know anything about football? Do you follow it?

        • Wor Monga

          …do you fully understand the meaning of the words…’for one reason or the other’?…being fit and able to play is covered by that statement…if they are not able to play then they are not doing the business for their clubs, in the PL…are they?!!!

          • Lhc

            You clearly make comments without anything to back them up with, like they above. Charlie Austin for example qpr 18 premier league goal scored in 30 appearances that season, followed up by another 12/13 goals for Southampton with a handful of appearances due to injury. Why don’t people just come out n say point blank they don’t like Mitrovic all just because Rafa dosen’t cause that’s all it is. Some of our fans are Weak as pish.

          • Wor Monga

            Your obviously focussing on Austin now, and sweeping over the years to make your point…QPR 2014-15, 35 (apps) 18 goals… and since then at Southampton (15/16, 16/17, 17/18), ‘for whatever reason’ probably injuries, and his lack of fitness scoring only…13 goals…which makes him very inefficient as a PL striker…good when fit perhaps, but would we accept his record over the last 3 seasons if he was our number 1 striker?…

            …Southampton might not especially if they are relegated…I have never said that I dislike Mitro, but he was well behind Gayle last season which wasn’t surprising, as Gayle would have been the championship top scorer if not for his injury…

            …as Rafa’s already said he believes that Mitro doing well at Fulham, and the World Cup can only be a good thing for him and this club!!!

    • Mrkgw

      Disagree completely. How many times – Mitrovic scored Premiership goals. And, against top clubs. What’s Championship about that?

      • Jezza

        “How many times – Mitrovic scored Premiership goals. And, against top clubs”

        Four times.

        • Mrkgw

          I believe he scored 9 Jezza.

          • Jezza

            He scored 8 of which 4 were against “top clubs”.

          • Lhc

            He scored 9 premier league goals in his debut season.

          • Jezza

            I’ve just looked it up on NUFC com to double check and it shows 8 goals. Against Spurs twice, Norwich twice, Man City, Manchester, West Brom and Sunderland.

          • Lhc

            Man City away 1, Norwich home 1, away 2,
            Spurs away 1, home 1,
            Man Utd home 1,
            West Brom home 1.
            Mackems 1.

          • Jezza

            OK fair enough, I misread the site and missed the second goal at Norwich. Looks like a couple of his Premiership goals were penalties roo.

          • Lhc

            A lot of shearer’s were aswell.

          • Mrkgw

            So, are you now a Mitro convert Jezza? Keep or, Despatch? 😀

          • TheFatController

            It’s just like Joe Hart two years ago – doesn’t matter if he’s the best keeper in England, he doesn’t play out from the back, and City were going to. So he goes.

            Same with Mitro. Rafa wants to play a certain way, and no matter how good mitro is, Rafa won’t change the whole team systems learnt over two years to accommodate mitro.

            So he’ll be dispatched and a striker who fits the systems the team plays (and play well, currently) brought in.

            I can’t wait for Rafa to finally get a PL striker he has chosen for these systems…

          • Mrkgw

            Perhaps, but will Mike Ashley ever allow that elusive striker to appease supporters and don the black and white shirt? Not a chance as we both well know. Sorry times.

          • TheFatController

            I think we’ll get a good striker, just not maybe first or second choice. Even in Jan, it was said slimani was fifth choice. Just hope we get someone Rafa wants and not a Joselu make do type

          • Jezza

            This summer Rafa will probably finally get that top Premiership striker he’s been after for ages. He just won’t be buying him for Newcastle.

          • Jezza

            I thought he showed potential in his first season and had high hopes for him in the Championship. I had visions of him banging in the goals at that level the way Carroll, Lovenkrands, Nolan and even Shola did in 09/10. Of course it didn’t work out that way and he really seemed to go backwards in his development last season. He was light years behind Dwight Gayle and even Darryl Murphy did a much better job at leading the line when called upon. I was witness to Mitrovic looking completely out of his depth against average third division defenders at Oxford and from that day onward I gave up any lingering hopes of him coming good for us.

            Last summer I would have been happy to see him shipped out and nothing has happened since then to change my point of view. He has done well in his loan spell at Fulham, good luck to him, looks like he has found his level but I think we need a better class of striker to compete in the Premiership. Unfortunately that is never going to happen while Ashley remains at the club.

          • Mrkgw

            You mention Jezza that he has found his level. He found that in his debut season – in the Premiership surely. I get your point iro the dire performance vs Oxford but didn’t the whole team play badly that day? When drawing comparisons against our other strikers – lets use Gayle as an example. He has been given chance after, chance after, chance by Rafa. I’m nor suggesting for second that he didn’t deserve it however, was Mitrovic given likewise? Not a chance. I guess we have to face up to the fact that Rafa made up his mind a long time ago and he isn’t evidently one for turning. Of that aspect, I don’t dislike Rafa. Quite the contrary however, he isn’t immune to a bit of criticism as the odd one or two would have us believe.

          • Jezza

            If we were bottom of the league and facing relegation I could accept cricicism of Rafa over Mitro. The thing is we’re doing well, far better than I could ever have possibly expected we would with this squad. Rafa is doing a fantastic job so why all this ridiculous and completely unwarranted criticism of him over a player who couldn’t cut it in the Championship and who most of would have been glad to see the back of last summer.

          • fistsofsteel2

            ……and we would have done a lot better if the pigheaded Rafa had played Mitro instead of the hapless Gayle and absolutely useless Joselu.

          • Jezza

            Would that be the same “hapless Gayle” who scored 20 odd goals in the first half of last season?

          • Mike Adam

            Scored against Arsenal in the Champions League with Anderlecht also.

          • Mike Adam

            It is wrong, you should find a better source.

          • Mrkgw

            Haha, come on. Still Premiership goals though. Surely the lad can’t be criticised for that. He isn’t perfect, I get that but cripes matey – give him a bit of credit.

          • Jezza

            I’m not criticising. You asked how many Premiership goals he scored against top clubs. All I did was answer your question.

    • TheFatController

      To be honest, I still think what Lewis Grabban did down the road before he went to Villa was impressive.

      He scored almost a goal a game and didn’t exactly have Cairney Sessegnon st al supplying him.

      I presume therefore that Bournemouth don’t need him, but if scoring goals in the championship means anything we should sign Grabban from Bournemouth and sell
      Mitro. That’s based on the current logic used on here for keeping mitro…

    • fistsofsteel2

      Absolute rubbish. Mitro will be a top striker in any league – that much is obvious to anyone who knows anything about football. It’s only the blind Rafa acolytes who are resolutely in denial – because they refuse to accept Rafa was WRONG.

  • Jezza

    Poll of the day. Who is Graham Porter more obsessed with? SAFC or Aleksandar Mitrovic. It’s going to be a close one.

    • Rich Lawson

      Or Himself ?

      • Jezza

        He certainly loves the sound of his own voice or what ever the internet equivalent is, the sight of his own words or something.

        • TheFatController

          Maybe he loves the abuse he gets ……? Some do !

  • TheFatController

    I’m pleased for him, he needs to mature and hopefully this is a sign he is doing – no needless bookings, hopefully realising he needs to cut out pizza etc (given Matt Ritchie subscribes to Di Canio’s ‘no ketchup mantra, pizza – being all processed food – must be a huge ‘no’ for athletes) as it’s fine margins at the top level and fitness is massive these days.

    The only thing I didn’t realise was that he was up against Bamford – he’s not a good advert for tearing it up in the championship and transferring that to the PL!

  • Wor Monga

    …It’s such a coveted, prestigious, top award that last season when the Toon went from the bottom of the league in the first 2 weeks to be top during a massive winning run, and then hold onto top spot until the last couple of weeks of the season, and finally win it back brilliantly on the last day of the season…yet didn’t manage to get a single player of the month…even though for months Dwight Gayle scored goals, for fun, until being seriously injured…

    …whereas on different occasions Barnsley and Preston players managed to win it twice…and a Brighton player was given the championship player of the season even though he never got a mention at all in the monthly awards…

    …not saying that Mitro doesn’t deserve it, but it might make you wonder about the judging, slightly!!!

  • HarryHype59

    After his very impressive form for Fulham, what is Mitrovic ‘s transfer value? £16m minimum I would say.