One of the main Rafa Benitez worries regarding the suitability of Aleksandar Mitrovic for his Newcastle system is a perceived lack of mobility and stamina.
Yet Slavisa Jokanovic thinks the Newcastle manager has got this wrong about the Serbian striker.
The Fulham boss was far from happy as his loan striker went off on international duty and ended up playing all 90 minutes of both friendlies.
Serbia losing 2-1 to Morocco and then two Mitro goals helping his country to a 2-0 victory against Nigeria.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was straight back into action on Friday as he helped Fulham win 2-0 at Norwich, playing all but the final 12 minutes.
Then Tuesday night saw the forward make it eight goals for Fulham in his last eight games as he played all of the 2-0 win over Leeds.
Over the course of an 11 day stretch Mitrovic played four matches for club and country and physically looked in great shape.
The Fulham manager was very pleased with Mitro after that victory over Leeds and says ‘I repeat man times Aleksandar Mitrovic is an important signing for us.’
Jokanovic adding ‘He has done a great job for us…worked hard in the offensive and defensive set-pieces.’
He then summed up though what is the reality for any forward: ‘What is important is that we start our striker and he scores the goals.’
Thankfully, Aleksandar Mitrovic back playing and scoring goals for another club has coincided with an upsurge in Newcastle’s form, so it is a win win situation all round.
The future of Newcastle’s number 45 is just one of the many many interesting issues that will be decided this summer at St James Park.
Mitro also got an assist for the first goal against Leeds as well as scoring himself, with Fulham now having picked 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.
“Aleksandar Mitrovic is good player, he has done a great job for us.
“I repeat many times, Aleksandar Mitrovic is an important signing for us.
“He scored another goal [in the 2-0 win over Leeds] and worked hard in the offensive and defensive set-pieces.
“He can hold the ball, he did important things, and at the end, what is important is that we start our striker and he scores the goals.
“He did his job and I expect he will keep going at a similar level to push hard like he is right now.”