The Aleksandar Mitrovic bandwagon rolls on at Craven Cottage.

Tuesday night saw Fulham pick up their latest win, beating Leeds 2-0 in West London.

Once again they were indebted to the Newcastle loan striker, who got an assist for the first goal and scored the second himself.

This makes it eight goals in his last eight matches for Mitro.

He has also contributed to a remarkable run of results since his arrival, with Fulham picking up 27 points from a possible 33 in the games Aleksandar Mitrovic has featured in – three draws and eight wins.

This has ensured at least a play-off spot for Fulham and with six games to go they still have some hope of catching Cardiff, currently five points ahead in the second automatic promotion spot.

Get West London player ratings last night:

Mitrovic 8: Physical presence caused a problem and got an assist for the first goal. Got himself a goal when he got on the end of a lethal Fulham break.’

BBC Sport:

‘Fulham showed why they are the Championship’s form side with an impressive win over mid-table Leeds.

They dominated the early chances and eventually went ahead when Kevin McDonald deflected in Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header from a corner.

The Serbia striker put the game to bed as he ended a flowing counter-attack after Caleb Ekuban spurned one of Leeds’ best chances when put through.’

Slavisa Jokanovic:

“We’re at the point of the season where we can still try to be successful, but we won’t the final result know until the end of season.

“I am proud of how hard my team is working and how they try to push to win these games. I am proud because they’ve never given up.

“I don’t know if we can catch Cardiff. I really can’t answer this question. I only care about my team and that’s it.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Sad story this one, he`s everything Joselu isn`t,
    he`s been held back for 2 years for reasons unknown.
    C`est la Vie

    • Leicester Mag

      Spot on. Scored goals at all levels including the championship where last year he never got a game. Strange..

      Watch him become a 30M+ player just not here sadly.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        The chronicle didn`t help his cause saying he had an attitude problem & couldn`t be trusted
        he`s proved them wrong

        • Ba ba.

          Maybe he’s learnt and will return to Newcastle as a new man/forward.

        • 1957

          The Chronicle are Benitez acolytes, no matter what he does he is right and they make up ( or are fed )reasons to justify the manager’s stance. The whole Mitrovic discussion could have been ended by Benitez fronting up and saying something on the lines of ‘…he’s just not suited to our style of play…’ rather than the Lee Ryder led Hoss trains harder, Mitrovic has an attitude problem articles

          The Chronicle unqualified support has nothing to do with Mark Douglas writing a book about the Rafalución…

    • Jezza

      To be fair even Shola Ameobi was everything Joselu isn’t.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂😂😂
        playing for a manager who backs you helps, i`m not saying he`s the greatest but he should have had a decent run in the team.
        anyway the Pie Man will get the money for him & you`ll never see it again

      • Philippines

        Titus Bramble was a good striker too, don’t forget.

        • Jezza

          Ha ha he was a pretty decent finisher when he came up for set pieces. I’ll never forget his spectacular scissors kick goal against Chelsea on the last day of the season back in 06.

  • Paul Patterson

    Let’s not start down the old ‘If he’d played against Huddersfield, he’d have scored a couple of the chances Gayle missed’ route.
    Mitrovic might score the chances that Gayle missed . . but he wouldn’t have got into the positions Gayle got into in the first place.

    • Jezza

      Spot on.

    • Damon Horner

      12th place and 12th most goals in the PL, not a perfect season but working for us in both results and goals.

      • Jezza

        I’d say it’s fantastic considering the squad we’ve got. To be in 12th position when our squad is nowhere near the 12th best in the league is incredible.

        • Damon Horner

          Relatively speaking it’s brilliant!
          Looking at the bigger picture though it’s disappointing we look at it as brilliant…

          • Jezza

            Yes you have to wonder how well we could be doing now if only we had the same transfer budget as clubs like Watford, Burnley, Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Brighton.

          • molend

            That’s the point, isn’t it. Yes, the team’s done well to get to 12th but, as players, they’re not very good. Since the 50’s I’ve watched teams, as many others have, when we’ve had real stars. Not just Shearer, Beardsley and Gazza. Lascelles is a decent centre-back, but you can’t compare him to Frankie Brennan or Woodgate. Ritchie, Bobby Mitchell Ginola, Robert, take your pick. Who would you have in your team, Len White, Kevin Keegan or Perez? I grant you they put in a decent shift, but they’re mediocre. We’re all Newcastle-daft here, but, honestly, we’re feeding off crumbs

          • Viru leckworth

            Would you put Woodgate up there? I can hardly remember him kicking a ball without getting injured.

          • molend

            I know what you mean, but Real Madrid liked him, so in terms of quality, I think yes

          • Kneebotherm8

            Class act,when fit…..

  • ghostrider

    All I can do is keep wishing Mitrovic all the best and hope he gets promoted with Fulham and then finds a team that loves and uses him in the right way, whether that’s Fulham of a higher club in the league or another league.

    We’re almost home and dry and have to move on regardless. If we get him back to play then great but as of now we have to move on and hammer the final tack into our premier safety which I believe is one point away….36 points.

    I am a fan and supporter of Newcastle United and no one player, manager, coach or owner…or messiah stands any taller than the entirety of what Newcastle United is, to me.
    Good luck Mitro.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Armstrong’s banging them in for Blackburn. It’s funny how people don’t clamour for him to be playing for us.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`s nowhere near ready

      • Mrkgw

        Well said.

    • HarryHype59

      He is banging them in for Blackburn in the old third division. He struggled in the Championship. League 1 is his level at present.

      • 1957

        Armstrong is another young striker built up by the Chronicle over the years as the next great thing, and sadly he isn’t.

        • HarryHype59

          I wanted him to succeed at NUFC. He looks to have found his level with Blackburn in League 1.

        • thewildchimp

          We’ll know at the end of the next season. Hope the lad turns out to be good, for his and our sake.

      • Mxpx

        I’m not sure that’s fair he was asked to play left midfield at Bolton who aren’t really having a good season his form implies he’s more than good enough to play in the championship as a striker

    • steve

      Mitrovic has proven he can score in the Premier League, Championship, Champions League and at international level. Armstrong hasn’t convinced anywhere above League 1.

  • Ba ba.

    Bring him home .

  • Mrkgw

    Surely his form will be sufficient to convince Rafa that he got this decision wrong. Unless, there is a major behind the scenes issue to which we were all unaware, then I hope that it’s not too late to persuade him to return.

    • Jezza

      As I’ve said before, there is a reason Mitrovic has been out of the first team picture and subsequently loaned out and it’s all to do with Ashley and money.

      • Mrkgw

        You may well be right Jezza and if that is the case then Ashley is even worse than I thought although, on reflection, I don’t know if that’s possible as the bloke is just about as bad for the club as we could ever have feared. If it weren’t for the massive support out there then we would be doing a Sunderland. In maintaining my belief that Mitro should be at the club, I’m not disregarding your theory – It just irks that he was allowed to go in the first place.

  • Desree

    Is this now a Fulham fanzine?

  • robbersdog

    So what? Lots of players look very good in the Championship, and average in the Premier League. David Nugent and Tom Ince being prime examples.

    Mitrovic’s lack of pace doesn’t fit with Rafa’s tactics, so it’s best if he moves on in the Summer. If Fulham get promoted, then hopefully they’ll have the funds to buy him, and he’ll be able to reignite his top-flight career there.

    I don’t really understand why so many people on here are so attached to Mitrovic. He’s had opportunities at NUFC, but usually he fell short of what was required. Let’s wish him well, and move on.

    • Jezza

      Excellent comment. I agree with every word.

      • Mike Adam

        Of course you do!!!!!

    • Damon Horner

      Look no further than the very man some of our fans want to replace Mitrovic with. Even in this purple patch of the club itself and the man he is still outscored per minute by Gayle who has only got us 5 goals this year.

    • GToon

      But he would be worth keeping as an impact sub, last ten when we are chasing the game. Most teams have a player like that.

      • robbersdog

        We’ve already tried that, and he never made much of an impact. We need a complete overhaul of the forwards in our squad, and Mitrovic, Gayle and Joselu should be moved on, and replaced with better goal-scorers.

        I think Rafa should be absolutely ruthless in this respect – our forwards are letting down the rest of the team.

        • 1957

          That really is the truth, none of the forwards on the books will score sufficient goals to take us towards the top end of the league. We need new players up front but I doubt funds will be provided to buy three, so I suspect Dwight and Hoss will still be here.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Rafa will be absolutely ruthless in that respect if,and it’s a big if,the hierarchy allow him to do so….and I totally agree with you ……all three of them need shipping out…

      • NUFCDan

        Mitrovic is a decent finisher but he’s actually an awful target man and even worse impact sub considering his frame. Obviously this is as much down to the club failing to nurture and train him as the lad himself.

  • Arty Hume

    Dont forget he is still on our books and is just on loan, so dont write him off yet. I hope Rafa can reprise his situation and welcome him back into the team. It looks like regular football and a caring manager brings out the best in Mitro, its something Rafa can do as he did it with Diame, so why not Mitro. IMHO there is not much difference between the bottom half of the EPL and the top half of the Championship, the top half of the EPL is another division IMHO. So, if that is the case we are near the top of the division and Fulham are in the middle coming up fast, and its due to Mitro. Surely with our defence and goalkeeper sorted, midfield sorted, it should not be a problem for Rafa to incorporate Mitro into the forward line to emulate his excellent run of from at Fulham. It should also be noted that he has not even seen a yellow card at Fulham never mind a red, so much for him being a liability, he must be maturing or seeking anger management lessons…..like Shelvey who is instrumental in our play…..I would really hate to see him leave our club as I do not think he has been utilised fully and believe he will become a very good player in the next few years, he’s only a laddie after all.

    • Jezza

      I can guarantee that Mitrovic will not play for Newcastle again and it’s not because of Rafa. As with everything at this club under Ashley, it’s all to do with money.

      • GToon

        Think you’re right. I’m sure I remember Rafa saying if he did well his value would go up. Shame.

        • thewildchimp

          Yep, he basically send him a note through the media not to bother returning.

      • NUFCDan

        One of the few saleable assets at the club due to his age and one of the highest paid. He’ll be gone this summer.

      • Arty Hume

        If you are correct its a great shame and anther reason the fat slug should be kicked out of our club.

  • GToon

    I’ve got my heart set on Mitro getting a hat trick against a certain red and white striped team in a few games time and putting the final nail in their coffin. It might even be worth a ticket in the “neutral section” to see that happen.

  • thewildchimp

    For Mitro, permanent to Fulham would probably be the best option after the WC. It depends on if they can keep Sessegnon and several other key players or bring better.
    But no matter the outcome, I’d like to ask fellow fans for a personal favour. Please, just please stop with the “Rafa knows best, he’s there every day” comments or “we have a Championship squad”. It has been proven that Rafa makes mistakes, just less than most of the managers – and that’s what makes him the CL winner and not Pardew or Allardyce. And we have maybe the current best English centre-back and certainly the best English passer for quite a while in our team. Defense is brilliant, central midfield sublime, we only (desperately) need a few reinforcements in the final third. But having sub-par forwards doesn’t make the rest of the team sh’t. And sh’t is definitely what the Championship is.

    • East Durham Mag

      Rafa manages the club and picks the team. Everyone makes mistakes but can we also stop whinging for Mitro back everytime he scores. He’s on loan to Fulham and good luck to him, Rafa obviousy doesn’t want him and thats enough for me.

      • thewildchimp

        Fine with me. I probably wouldn’t even comment much on him, if the others weren’t slagging him off.

        • East Durham Mag

          Everyone should just wish him well whatever happens in his career, i thought he was a little bit hard done to, after he got red carded the referee’s singled him out. He seems like a decent bloke good luck to him.

  • TheFatController

    Why do people think it’s oersonal that Rafa didn’t use Mitro and has put him out on loan?

    If the suggestion is he’s now scoring so Rafa has it wrong, the same argument can be made for Gayle who scored at the same rate last year.

    Rafa doesn’t use mitro because he doesn’t fit the plans ahead of other players in the squad. Is merino being ‘let down’ by Rafa or does Rafa just see players ahead of him.

    To suggest Rafa knows, like mitro’s backers seem to, that Mitro is great but Rafa just wants to have a petty stand off with him is to suggest that Rafa is small minded enough to jeopardize the pursuit of 40 points to allow him to spite Mitro.

    That seems like a case of some people projecting their own petty personality traits onto Rafa. ‘I’m petty so I imagine Rafa is too’. No, he’s not.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      And Joselu fits the bill, Jesus Christ, i`m not a great advocate of Mitrovich but even with my head up my a $$ i can see he`s a different class from Hoss

      • 1957

        That really is my problem in this, that Hoss is more likely than Mitrovic and to do what a striker is paid to do, score!…Hoss wouldn’t score as many as Armstrong has in League 1

        • TheFatController

          Not many third choice strikers in the PL would. That’s why they’re third choice. Not PL level, otherwise they’d be first or second choice, unless at a big club.

      • TheFatController

        See, there you go again, presuming you know Rafa’s mind.

        Rafa has a choice between Gayle and slimani as first choice, when fit. Then if either aren’t fit, Joselu is the third striker.

        I presume, and I don’t know, that Rafa knew he’d get slimani, and thus better for mitro he was out on loan (than being sat in the stands with the likes of mbemba and merino), scoring goals and adding to his experience and confidence In the championship.

        But if you want to believe Rafa knows Mitro is better than slimani and Gayle for our style of play, but sent mitro on loan to spite him, or because he doesn’t know football ‘like what you do’, you carry on…

        • NUFCDan

          Great comments. That’s what it comes down to.

          • TheFatController

            I don’t think people annoyed with the situation with ‘joss ahead of mitro’ get what a third striker’s credentials are.

            They are ‘I am happy to miss out given I’m paid a lot and in the twilight of my career, and if called upon at short notice due to injury am professional and thus ready to play at a moment’s notice. Not being picked in the match day 16 doesn’t really affect my development, in my late twenties as I am..’

            Now, does that fit Joss, or mitro? So which one was sent out on loan to a free scoring confident team?

            It’s not rocket science but then Rafa is a world class experienced manager, and makes decisions that match that status.

          • Keeganontherebound

            Exactly. People slag off players not realising they are there to bulk up the squad. Same with Manquillo. The idea is not to start with them because they are footballing geniuses but for them to step up and do a job when required. Joselu isn’t getting much game time these days so the Mitro vs Joselu debate is a non-issue really.

          • TheFatController

            But should we allow logic and common sense football decisions get in the way of a good moan and conspiracy theory for some on here ….?

            There has to be some excitement in life when we’re mid table and it’s all gone quiet on a takeover …. nothing like a good ‘my god Mitro scored at Fulham again’ drama for when Doctors ends on BBC at lunchtime …

          • Mike Adam

            Yes, it is the same lack of common sense that when the two strikers you are playing every match do not score and you have a third striker on the bench you will not give a run out to. To me continuing to do the same thing match after match expecting different results is insanity!

          • Mike Adam

            Again, has nothing to do with the first half and the terrible goal scoring record.

        • thewildchimp

          Nobody claims that, but it came to people’s minds. If you have three strikers and you don’t play your best one, people are gonna wonder. Mitro contributes defensively for Fulham, so it’s not that. So it’s either that Rafa dislikes him personally, or he can’t fit him in his system. And what is his system exactly? He finally stopped with his ultra-defensive approach and lo’- we are winning games. For all the Gayle’s running and positioning (which isn’t good half of the time, but when he actually gets the timing he can be superb, credit where it’s due) – we scored seconds after Slimani came on, a “Mitro type” of player. So before calling us petty, you might actually try to read what we type and not just brush us off as fanboys.

          Besides, even if we were fanboys: we are fair in judgement. How many people were “look at Gayle banging them in!” last season and are now “well, it proves nothing really” when Mitro does it, at a higher rate? I don’t care if people like or dislike Mitro, it’s that level of hypocrisy that really annoys me.

          • TheFatController

            I didn’t dismiss anyone who rates Mitro, I said if Rafa knew he had slimani coming, why would he hang on to mitro, if he thought he’d not get game time ?

            You again say it’s personal, I think it’s logically clear it’s not, Rafa was getting slimani, and had Gayle as back up, and Hoss for emergencies. Mitro needed games, Rafa didn’t fancy him to carry the burden of our relegation battle, so got him those games needed.

            Slimani In, mitro out on loan. That’s not personal, that’s logic.

            Where I do have a go at fanboys is when they ignore that logic and make it a ‘Rafa can’t see how mitro is obviously the man ahead of slimani as first choice, Gayle as second and joss as third’ debate. Particularly given Joselu hasn’t hardly played recently. That makes mitro v joss a non issue unless you twist that fact of joss hardly playing.

            Stop playing the victim of Rafa’s nastiness and just accept mitro being probably third choice wasn’t doing him or the club any good. Get over the emotion and see the logic.

          • Mike Adam

            You continue to miss the point, Mitro vs. Hoss was the entire point in the first half my friend. That is what it was about, nothing to do with loaning him or Slimani.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          I presume sweet FA when it comes to Rafa.
          pull your head out of your Fat A $$

        • Mike Adam

          What about the entire first half of the season when neither Gayle or Joselu scored ??? Has nothing to do with sending him on loan or knowing he was getting Slimani.
          He was given 89 total minutes of playing time in the first half, 21 minutes being his longest stretch. The funny part is that you guys who compain about the fans who like Mitro keep coming on the feeds about Mitro trying to explain Rafa’s thinking/reasoning and/or continue to sling mud on Mitro, who by the way is still a NUFC player. Why???

          • Dillon Tovak

            I don’t think anyone is slinging mud at Mitro.
            I actually love the guy and think he’s a decent player, but back Rafa fully on this one.
            He is taking his chances, at championship level. There’s nothing to suggest he’d outscore Gayle in the Prem. Zero evidence for that.
            Possibly when Rafa stuck with his tactics when Mitro was still with us, it was because Rafa had a longer term plan that we are now seeing come to fruition?

          • Mike Adam

            Look I like Rafa also, but no manager is perfect. What he has done with the team is fantastic, but in the first half, when neither of the strikers he played could score, he never gave the other striker on the roster a chance and that will always baffle me no matter what anyone says.

          • TheFatController

            He did give him a chance. He came on against West ham and his first contribution before scoring was to land a forearm
            Smash that the referee bizarrely missed, denying west ham the chance to have a go at us at 2-0 down but against 10 men in a game that was dead.

            On a scale of one to ten of taking chances, that indiscipline must score a zero even in your book? Or is a total lack of professionalism a good thing?

          • Mike Adam

            Well it is impossible to have a discussion with someone who knows everything, sling on mate.

          • TheFatController

            No, he doesn’t play him because he’s not proved to be a quality PL striker who has the pace to play on the counter.

            We don’t play swinging crosses in, Rafa has explained the tactical reasons. And here’s why it’s frustrating, even Mitro has said the reasons are tactical and that he doesn’t really suit any team playing on the break.

            Mitro, Rafa, and every coach knows what you don’t seem to – mitro plays well in a team attacking with wingers.

            Even then he’s not ‘great’., a point alluded to by Akan Shearer, supermac, and every other coach who ignored his availability in Jan.

            He was ignored by PL coaches in Jan. Face that reality. No, don’t type a reply. Accept it. You’ll feel calmer …

          • Mike Adam

            And Joselu is a proven quality PL striker who has the pace to play on the counter?????? That is the entire point.

          • TheFatController

            Of the irony of a comment asking me why we sling mud at an NUFC player, when the comment opens slinging mud at NUFC players. Not remotely pompous and self-righteously contradictory then…

            The confirmation bias on here never fails to amuse me.

          • Mike Adam

            LOL, stating a fact is slinging mud now??? I am also quite amused.

          • TheFatController

            The comments on mitro are facts. You chose to label them
            Mud slinging to suit your agenda.

            Google ‘confirmation bias’.

          • Mike Adam

            Einstien, ‘insanity’ doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Exactly what Rafa did with his strikers in the first half of the season.

          • TheFatController

            well, take it to Rafa, he’d probably tell you to sling one for being such a know all on football…

          • Mike Adam

            Why is it so hard for you and others to understand that my only point was and still is that it is completely foolish when the two strikers you play DO NOT SCORE and you have a third striker on the bench, to not give him a run out. That is my point and my opinion. If that rubs you or anyone else the wrong way, so what!

          • TheFatController

            Well, maybe Rafa did want to give him a go. Maybe he sent him on against West ham to see the comparisons with Joselu.

            Sadly he wasn’t able to pick mitro for the next 3 games after West ham.

            Mitro could have been striker last season, but Rafa has to go with Gayle in the first four games of the season for some reason…

            Then the Cups were a chance for mitro ahead of Gayle last season. And at Oxford …..

            Maybe Rafa is a genius and knew, having managed many pro footballers, the penny wasn’t dropping.

            Maybe now mitro has learnt a painful but necessary lesson about temperament? About fulfilling a team role? Who knows? But he needed to learn, because as SuperMac said a year ago ‘he’s been here two years and just never learns anything…’

          • Mike Adam

            Rubbish, last season, the Oxford game you sound like Jezza.
            Mitro’s temperment has been fine for two seasons!!! He fulfills a team role perfectly at Fulham and for Serbia.
            And there it is, “SuperMac said” man you threw out all of the canned Mitro attacks, well done mate. All I wanted was for him to get a run out “this season” because the srikers Rafa played were not scoring, that is all.
            Only time will tell whether Rafa was right in not playing him THIS SEASON, or whether Rafa was wrong and should have included him in his plans. It doesn’t really matter what we say, the proof will be in Mitro’s play on the pitch.

          • TheFatController

            I cant entertain anyone who says mitro’s temperament has been fine for two seasons.

            Two seasons of playing occasionally that have brought two red cards (for pre-meditated GBH in the case of west Ham)

            I can believe some people think pre-meditated GBH (running up to someone to physically assault them designed to cause harm) is the sign of a ‘fine temperament’ and I’ll leave them to chat among themselves …

          • Mike Adam

            One red card after the fact this season and zero last season. Don’t know where you came up with two. You are a mind reader as well as knowing everything about football? You know that the elbow was pre-meditated, you are amazing. Your account, in your last paragraph, of the elbow at West Ham is totally absurd!!! “running up to someone to physically assault them designed to cause harm” totally absurd description of what happend IMO.

          • Haitchdee

            Mike, One negative on Mitro for me, He likes a card. Games in the championship might iron that out, refs will get a chance to see him and his enthusiasm is not malicious. Whatever his future good luck to him .We have lost really good players before and Fat lad likes his cash .

      • Leicester Mag

        😂😂😂 now that’s an image! I know mice are flexible but can they do that?

    • Mxpx

      Gayle is getting chances at the moment and not taking them mitrovic IS taking his chances and Gayle has previous Premier league experience and has still not done anything to suggest that he is a Premier League player on the other hand mitrovic hasn’t set the world on fire in the Premier league but he’s also not done badly and there are reasons to suggest he may do better now too

  • Rich Lawson

    Yes.good for him,hope he has a good World Cup as well,Fulham/Serbia play a different game which suits him.Rafa’ has done well with what he has got and if he doesn’t want to change style to accomadate one bloke,fair enough.He is still our player tho’,don’t think there was any sale clause in the loan ?

  • molend

    I like Mitro a lot and watched the match last night. He had a great all-round game, but, it must be said, Leeds were hopeless. So, yes, he did well but it’s no guide to the Premiership. In an ideal world, we get six points from the next two games. Would it be worth recalling both Mitro and Arma as a big and little combination and to see how they’d fare in the Premiership?

    • Arma has to stay with Blackburn in the Championship next year to prove he can be profilic in there too. If he nets 20 goals in the Championship we can consider him back or at least get 10m for him.

    • Mxpx

      I don’t think they can be recalled but love your thinking