With Marco Silva’s Fulham side heading into Wednesday night’s Championship clash in rather poor form, as the Cottagers’ had picked up just seven points over their last five league fixtures, the 44-year-old manager would have undoubtedly been hoping for a positive result against Swansea City, in order to get the west London’s side promotion push back on track.
And that is exactly what Fulham did, with Aleksandar Mitrovic’s hat-trick securing a highly impressive 3-1 win over Russell Martin’s side, a result which fired the Cottagers up to third place in the Championship table, just two points behind both West Bromwich Albion and AFC Bournemouth in first and second respectively.
Aside from the victory, the performance of Mitrovic will have also been a major boost for Silva, as the 27-year-old once again demonstrated that he is a player who has the ability to fire Fulham up this season.
Indeed, over his 69 minutes on the pitch against Swansea, Mitrovic reinforced his position as one of the top centre-forwards in the Championship with an incredibly dominant display.
The £14.4m-rated man scored three goals, hit the target with all four of his shots at goal, completed his one attempted dribble, made two key passes and created one big chance for his teammates.
The player Silva claimed an “important” player in his side also completed 100% of his 12 attempted passes, his one attempted long ball, won three of his four duels and made one interception against the Swans.
These returns saw the striker earn a near-perfect SofaScore match rating of 9.8, with no player from either side coming anywhere close to receiving a comparable rating to the Serbia international on the night.
As such, if Mitrovic can keep up this show-stopping level of performance for the remainder of the Cottagers’ campaign, the club will undoubtedly be there or thereabouts concerning automatic promotion come the end of the season.