On Monday 30th July 2018, Fulham confirmed Aleksandar Mitrović’s return on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee from Newcastle United.
The popular striker signed a five-year deal, keeping him at Craven Cottage until at least the summer of 2023.
Mitrović originally joined the Whites on loan at the 11th hour on deadline day in January 2018, and went on to have a hugely significant impact in our promotion to the Premier League.
The striker proved to be the perfect fit for Fulham, scoring 12 times in just 17 starts to help the team reach Wembley.
Instantly taken to by the fans, the sounds of the 39,000-strong White Wall belting out “Mitro’s On Fire” during the celebrations at the national stadium will live long in the memory.
Such was his popularity, he came fifth in the voting for Fulham’s Player of the Season award, despite spending less than half the campaign in SW6.
Mitrović began his career in his homeland with Serbian giants FK Partizan, making his professional debut with their affiliate club FK Teleoptik.
Despite his tender age, Mitrović was top scorer for Partizan’s first team in 2012/13 as they claimed the title, and his form soon attracted the attention of Belgian outfit Anderlecht, who broke their transfer record to sign him in the summer of 2013.
His debut season in Belgium was a prolific one, as he netted 16 times to help his new employers win the domestic title.
Mitrović was in even better form the following term as he scored 23 goals, prompting Newcastle to bring him over to the Premier League.
As is the case at Fulham, he quickly endeared himself to the St James’ Park faithful with his wholehearted displays, and ended his first season on Tyneside with nine Premier League goals to his name in the Magpies’ ultimately unsuccessful battle against relegation.
He did, however, help the club make an immediate return to the top flight, and he departed Newcastle having netted 17 times.
In the summer of 2013 he was awarded his first cap for Serbia, and he now boasts an impressive goal ratio for his country, who he represented at the 2018 World Cup, where he scored in the controversial 2-1 defeat by Switzerland.
|Minutes per goal||-|
|Shooting Accuracy (On Target / Off Target)||3 / 2|
|» Short (Successful)||12|
|» Long (Successful)||1|
|» Inside Box||2|
|» Ground Duels (Won)||2|
|» Aerial Duels (Won)||2|