What a three months for Aleksandar Mitrovic.

His loan spell at Fulham has produced 15 wins, three draws, and only two defeats.

No wonder the Cottagers are desperate to sign him on a permanent deal.

The 15th Mitro win for Fulham came at Wembley, the West London team streets ahead of Villa in terms of ability and style of football.

Once Cairney scored after 23 minutes the outcome rarely looked in doubt.

Fulham had dominated the opening quarter and fully deserved the lead.

A red card for Odoi with 20 minutes remaining gave Villa some late encouragement but the Fulham keeper never really had a save to make.

The 12 goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic were key to Fulham’s excellent late run to third place and whilst he managed no goals in any of the three play-off matches, he played his part in all of the games.

Now of course thoughts will turn to the transfer market and with promotion now secured, the Fulham manager has demanded that the club’s owner shows ambition, saying ‘we’re going to need to show the money too.’

Jokanovic has already repeatedly made clear that he wants to sign Mitro on a permanent deal and will surely want to try and get the deal done ASAP, to head off competition from elsewhere.

With his Fulham form having raised the Serbian striker’s profile, Fulham will surely need to offer in the region of £15m to £20m if they are going to keep the Newcastle loan forward.

Slavia Jokanovic:

“We have shown we are one of the best Championship teams.

“We showed we can be solid, organised and work altogether for a clean sheet.

“The last 20 minutes [playing with 10 men] all we were thinking about was not conceding.

“This is a really important victory for us and we deserved it.

“It’s not easy to play at Wembley, there is a lot of pressure.

“We know what is ahead of us.

“The Premier League is the best and most competitive league, and we must be clever.

“One important improvement is now finished, and now we must show ambition to be a Premier League team.

“To show the ambition, we’re going to need to show the money too.

“We believe we can play this way but we must know what characteristics of players we need.

“In general we must try to dominate against some teams that we believe we can dominate against and be realistic [against others].

“We must know what our plan is  and what are the characteristics of the players we need for the future.”

Steve Claridge talking to BBC Sport:

“(At Half-time) Fulham are playing more how we’d expect them to play.

“Villa have one up front in Lewis Grabban but their wingers are more worried about Fulham than going forward.

“To say Grabban is isolated is an understatement.

“They look like they’re waiting to make a change but they’ll never get back into it this way.

“They need to be more positive.

“(70 minutes in) I think the red card was a little bit harsh.

“I think the first one was one where the referee saw the challenge but not if Denis Odoi got the ball – but the second (yellow) one was a ridiculous challenge, not the kind of challenge you should make.

“(after final minute) You have to say, overall, Fulham have deserved this.

“Certainly when it was 11 v 11 they had the majority of the best chances and have certainly negated Villa since the sending off.”

Villa took a half to get going.

“I don’t quite know what the game plan was – for 45 minutes, they were tepid in the extreme.

“Then they pushed the widemen on and created more opportunities, but even in those periods, Fulham were still the better team.

“Fulham stuck together in what was a bitty game. They did enough to see it out in a game littered with mistakes.”

  • TheFatController

    Well done Mitro, I’m sure they’ll be signing him.

    Villa proving the mistake that is giving up on competing with the PL big boys and thinking promoted teams over recent years with smaller stadiums somehow don’t have any competitive edge or scouting policy.

    Once a club has no competitive edge, the players pick up on it and go through the motions.

    Football is now all about business. But it’s a results business. And in sport, results only come from maximising your competitiveness.

    Lose Rafa at your peril, Ashley.

    • TheNutJob

      Fatty will bump up the price because greed always gets the better of him

      • Lhc

        Majority of chairman / owners are doing this in the current market

    • Mrkgw

      Hope he doesn’t sign for them. Remember the difficult manner in which they rebuffed our approach for Cairney. They deserve nothing from our club. Absolutely nothing.

      • Albert Stubbins

        What because we offered less than half of what he was worth. I don’t blame them one bit. Blame fattys transfer policy not Fulham.

  • TheNutJob

    nee Brucie bonus there then, just didn`t play his cards right
    congrats to Mitro, thanks to Fulham & Real Madrid i`ll have a pocket full of money today

    • Geordiegiants

      I had Fulham and Liverpool 🤬🤬🤬🤬

      • TheNutJob


        • Geordiegiants

          I done a Jabba and went for the money. 😡

    • Rich Lawson

      Easy double.

      • TheNutJob

        i also had 3-1 Real at 12-1, got 7-1 for the double

        • gold coast mag

          I had over 4 1/2 goals- looked gone after first half and then so close….

        • Rich Lawson

          Good price. I’ll have a pint of Stella,ta !

  • Mrkgw

    Now that our club have gifted Fulham promotion, please dont extend that charity by allowing them to have Mitro permanently. Bring him back to St James.

    • Billmag

      Sorry but no way we should have him back IMO he obviously doesn’t fit into Rafa’s plan’s anyway.

      • mentalman

        We don’t need him back we’ve got hoss and gayle

        • Billmag

          Gayle is more mobile than him and is more valuable to the team.

          • Mike Adam

            Yep, he played a major roll in the 15 times we were shut out this season!!!

          • Billmag

            Yep trust you to be negative it’s all about team effort not about one player (Mitro),and our first season back I think it went very well, look at the plus points not the negative ones.

          • Damon Horner

            I don’t get that argument from him in honesty, we were ‘shut out’ a lot in our relegation season when Mitrovic led the line. Even this season, stats back up that the lad always needs a lot of chances created for him to score a fair amount of goals.

    • ghostrider

      No way Rafa will have Mitrovic back.
      Something more than just not fitting into Rafa’s style has went on, in my opinion.
      The issue now is whether Fulham’s owner will stump up the readies before some other club does.
      I have a feeling that a bidding war could start.

      I’d love to see him played properly for Newcastle but it won’t happen while Rafa is manager…so, unless Rafa walks, Mitro will be playing for someone else.

  • Lhc

    Chelsea are considering jakanovic, now imagine if he took mitro to Chelsea. I want him back always rated him but it’s not going to happen. I hope he goes far in the game and he isn’t going to to that under rafa cause he can’t spot a player with serious potential and also doesn’t know how to handle mitro so just does away with him.

    • Geordiegiants

      He was fncking pure shyte yesterday. What the fnck you going on about????

      • Lhc

        Good hold up play and temperament. But it’s all opinions. If he’s shyte as many say on here why do they them demand 25 mil for him.

        • Geordiegiants

          I have no idea and really can’t answer, but If last night was anything to go by he isn’t good enough to play the top teams in the championship never mind the prem.

          • Lhc

            12 goals in 17 games for fulham and he’s not good enough to even play top teams in the championship 😂 nee bother. When ppl have an agenda against something or someone it doesn’t matter what they do.

          • Lhc

            Ppl don’t acknowledge what’s in front of there own eyes, it’s called ignorance.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yes against lower division and weaker teams. He showed last night he is worth a light against tougher opposition.

          • Lhc

            Your talking shyte mate but bigger things going on at minute so cba to argue

          • Mike Adam

            “he isn’t good enough to play the top teams in the championship never mind the prem” proves how invalid your comments are!!! He has had a huge hand in helping the 3rd place team in the Championship win promotion to the Prem.
            Go find another player to insult.

      • Mike Adam

        Calm down mate! You can stop insulting Mitro he will be on his way soon enough. You will need to find another carthorse to insult.

        • Geordiegiants

          “Another cart horse”
          Exactly ANOTHER

    • Billmag

      You mean like Alonso at the bin dippers.

  • Peter C

    It’s as plain as the nose on anyone’s face, Mitrovic has played his last game for Newcastle, and he will more than likely sign for Fulham. Hope he has a fantastic world cup, which will increase his transfer fee and value.

    Wish him all the best, I don’t think he got a proper opportunity with us, for whatever reason.

    Hope he has two stinkers against us next season, if he remains in England.

  • FatParosite

    Mitro money goes straight into the bottomless pit that is MASH holdings.

    • Peter C

      Wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

  • Lhc

    Jakanovic is being considered by Chelsea would love mitro to end up there if he can’t stay here would be a 2 finger salute to rafa for pushing him out.

    • Lhc

      Couldn’t see my below comment had posted as it wasn’t showing up so now posted another

      • Billmag

        Why would you want a two fingered salute to the manager who has done a sterling job without the great Mitro, and as far as going to Chelsea is concerned you need to give your head a shake lad.

        • Lhc

          Well if jakanovic does end up at Chelsea and rates mitro as much as he makes out, don’t see how it wouldn’t happen but only if Chelsea appoint jakanovic as he’s on there shortlist. Rafa ships mitro out n keeps joselu n Gayle now that warrants needing to give your head a shake. Especially when joselu contributed nil to us saying up from January.

          • Billmag

            Gayle is more mobile than Mitro and that suits the manager, don’t think Abramovitch has even heard of the Fulham manager wether he’s on the short list or not.

          • Lhc

            He might be more mobile but that means nothing when he struggles to get 10 plus a season in the big league, he needs to go back to the championship. Considering Chelsea to Fulham is roughly 2 mile I’m sure abramhovic has heard of jakanovic. Let’s just see how it pans out eh.

          • Billmag

            Ok 👍

        • Geordiegiants

          A very big one.

  • Geordiegiants

    Ive never been a big fan of Mitro, but watching him last night he looked like the donkey he always has been. He is nowhere near good enough for the prem.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Correct. Made for the championship!!

    • Mike Adam

      You certainly know it all.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Mitro was very poor last night against two centre half’s who were well past their sell by date. Think even Joselu is more suited to the pace of the Premiership than Mitro.
    If we can get fifteen million snap their hands off. Having said that Fulham have four or five really good players . On a different note someone should sign that Aston Villa player who was the best player on the pitch by a mile.

    • Westdentoon

      “Someone should sign that Aston Villa player who was the best player by a mile”…

      Obviously that someone can’t be Newcastle as we are still overdrawn and that would be far too ambitious. God forbid we would risk Mike’s books not balancing next year.

      Also we don’t have those scallywags of the previous regimes who would dare to risk throwing a bit money around in the hope of bringing excitement and trophies to St. James.

      Never mind, we got good old Mike, your hero and there ain’t no chance of ever going bust is there..

    • Lhc

      Jack Grealish?

    • Peter C

      Who do you mean, there wasn’t a stand out player on either side.

      Saying that, Fulham posed the bigger threat, and never looked like they would be beaten, even when they went down to 10 men.

    • Mike Adam

      You may have Horselu, I will take Mitro every day of the week!!! Let’s see who has a better season next year in the Prem, if Joselu is even on a Prem side. I will take a “Gentlemen’s” bet any day sir. And Grealish made one nice run, how does that make him “best by a mile”?

  • Megatron1505

    Whatever money we get for Mitrovic will be all that is available for a new striker, including their wages. It’s all about the bottom line for Uncle Mike.

  • GlasgowMag

    We need to clear the decks with all our strikers apart from Perez, but with the fatboys business model of sell big buy small god knows who we will get!!!

  • 5floorshigh

    Should be asking for about £30m……or do not sell him, loan him out for another season to a premiership club, if he has a good season then his value will be well worth £30 – 50m…….Plenty on here think Gayle is worth keeping over Mitro due to his supposed better mobility while Mitro has better premiership goal record, and has better first touch, hold up and passing ability.

    • Alreet

      I really dont know who would choose gayle over mitro for next season. If they both go then lord hope we get 2 more in.

  • HarryHype59

    Fat Ash will sell him for £15m on staggered payments of £3m over five years.This is part of the “every penny generated ” mantra.

    Rafa, will then be lucky to get £3m a year out of this sale. He will not be allowed to use the future income streams to buy a similar valued player as Ashley won’t buy players on staggered payments.

    • nufcslf

      Money for Fatty and fatty only written all over it.

  • Alreet

    Hes now worth around 30 mill of todays money