Newcastle loanee Aleksandar Mitrovic was at the heart of Fulham’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United at Craven Cottage last night, scoring the opening two goals as the west London outfit took another audacious step towards automatic promotion from the Championship.
And that brace-bagging display was no exception for the Serbian international who has been a real force in the second-tier since being allowed to leave his parent club on loan in January, having drastically slumped down the pecking order during Rafa Benitez’s time at the club.
Indeed, a return of five goals in seven Championship appearances speaks for itself, but the 23-year-old’s all-round play has been efficient as well, winning two aerial duels and creating one chance per match thus far.
Perhaps most tellingly of the attacking presence he’s provided Fulham with though, more than half of his attempts at goal for the Cottagers have been on target – when you’re consistently making the ‘keeper work, you’re always providing an opportunity for goals.
Of course, it was abundantly clear that Rafa Benitez had lost pretty much all faith in Mitrovic by the time he left Tyneside in January, issuing him just six substitute outings in the Premier League despite Joselu’s notoriously uninspiring form.
But while a Newcastle striker is scoring goals for fun in the Championship, the Magpies are still waiting for January loan signing Islam Slimani to make his first appearance for the club due to injury. Perhaps even more crucially, Newcastle have scored more than goal in a Premier League game just once since December – when they beat West Ham 3-2.
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