Former West Ham United manager David Moyes reportedly was interested in bringing Aleksandar Mitrovic to the London Stadium during the summer transfer window, and it is being proved that the club should have trusted the Scot and still signed the striker even after deciding not to keep him on.
Well, reliable club insider @ExWHUemployee tweeted back in April that the then-Hammers boss was in attendance at Craven Cottage to watch Mitrovic in action for loan club Fulham, and it appeared as though he was ready to make a move if his own stay in east London was extended during the summer.
However, he wasn’t offered a contract as the owners instead opted to bring Manuel Pellegrini to the London Stadium, with the Chilean boss bringing in new attacking players such as Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Lucas Perez.
Meanwhile, Mitrovic joined the newly-promoted Fulham on a permanent deal from Newcastle United and has hit the ground running for them – and his country – this term.
He has been excellent.
While the Cottagers are struggling from a defensive point of view right now, there aren’t many complaints about the Serbia international following five goals in eight Premier League appearances.
He has taken that confidence and form with him when he has represented his country as well, scoring twice against Romania last month before he also netted a brace against Montenegro on Thursday night.
Pellegrini has stuck with a formation incorporating just the one centre-forward so far this season, but having played with two previously during his managerial career you have to feel that Mitrovic and Marko Arnautovic could have been a deadly duo up top for the Irons – in conclusion, Moyes was spot on.