Fulham might have suffered a 1-0 loss to Derby County in the First Leg of the promotion playoffs but this does not take away the incredible campaign they had till now. Third in the league and just 2 points shy of the automatic promotion spots is something to be applauded.
Slaviša Jokanović has made some of the best moves throughout the regular season and one of them has been Alexandar Mitrovic’s loan signing from Newcastle United.
The Serbian arrived at Craven Cottage in January and immediately hit the ground running. He has scored 12 times in his 17 Championship appearances and is already a crowd favourite.
It was a refreshing surprise to see the 23-year-old turn his bad run of form to such eye-catching standards in the English second division. He finally feels at home with the club and could very well be on his way to a permanent move, if Rafael Benitez agrees to the switch.
However, that might prove to be a real hiccup as the Magpies manager remains keen on signing more players in the coming summer window. Newcastle have miraculously climbed their way up to the 10th spot of the Premier League table after spending the majority of the season near the relegation scraps.
Benitez has successfully taken out three loan signings from the winter transfer window and boosted the team to get out of the relegation worries. He has also warned the United ownership about his future intentions with the club.
The former Real Madrid boss understands that maybe a similar result could not be achieved in the coming season if financial backing is not provided by the hierarchy. He has demanded for more quality players and almost countless times Mike Ashley has ignored his concerns.
If a similar scenario occurs in the months of July and August, Benitez will have to dive into his own books and try to scavenge something out of what he has. Mitrovic is certainly a gleaming gem in the pile of dirt who could answer a majority of his problems next season.
Dwight Gayle has struck out in front of goal this season, managing just 5 goals and 4 assists in his 37 appearances for United. He might be impactful in other aspects of the game but Benitez needs his number nine to score more goals.
Islam Slimani was brought in from Leicester City to provide a different dynamic to the Magpies attack but even he turned out to be a Tyneside flop. Mitrovic is coming off a wonderful run of form which he will look to carry over to St James’ Park next season.
Fulham will either have to pay an astronomical rate to get him this summer or just accept the fact that Mitrovic will be returning to his parent club.