Aleksandar Mitrovic proves again that Tottenham should have signed him this summer

Despite an impressive second-half of the season on loan with Fulham in the Championship, which was followed up by a decent 2018 World Cup campaign for Serbia, suitors for Aleksandar Mitrovic were seemingly few and far between this summer even if it was clear that he had no future at Newcastle United.

His attitude and questionable temperament is probably one of the reasons that more clubs weren’t taking a look at the 23-year-old, who scored 12 goals in 17 Championship appearances to help the Cottagers return to the Premier League.

The centre-forward eventually completed a £22m move to join the west London outfit on a permanent basis at the end of July, where he once again links up with compatriot Slavisa Jokanovic.

Mitrovic has started the 2018/19 season in outstanding form for both club and country, netting four in four for the newly-promoted Fulham – including one in a 3-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley – while he scored a brilliant brace for Serbia in their 2-2 draw with Romania on Monday night.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic's impressive stats in Serbia's draw with Romania

The 23-year-old showed how clinical he can be and how he can score all types of different goals by netting twice – including one screamer – from three shots on target, while he also proved he is developing his all-round game by providing one key pass and winning two aerial duels.

One of Spurs’ biggest issues in recent seasons has been that they have failed to find an able back-up to Harry Kane with the likes of Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente failing to make the grade, which makes it more of a mystery that they didn’t a punt on Mitrovic this summer to try and push the England international even further.

He would have got plenty of game time with all of the competitions the north London club, who may well already have their Mousa Dembele replacement following 6ft 2in star’s latest display on international duty, find themselves competing in.