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Player of the Month: Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham

6 April 2018

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for March.

He has provided the missing piece of the Fulham puzzle since joining on loan in January.

His strength and ability to hold the ball up, bringing teammates into play, have been matched by his finishing ability with five goals in as many games.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic said: “Aleksandar has shown strength, quality and perseverance to score important goals and assist his teammates too.

“I congratulate him for winning the award for March and I expect that he will continue to offer good performances to help the team in this crucial moment of the Championship season.”

Mitrovic said: “I’m happy and proud, I’d like to thank my teammates for helping me to achieve this and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

“From the first minute here, I adapted really fast and my teammates have helped me a lot. I feel good to play every game on the pitch so I hope that we’ll be able to fight for automatic promotion for the rest of the season.

“I needed to leave Newcastle because I needed game time and needed games in my legs and I was desperate to play football, to be on the pitch, to score goals.

“It works perfectly for me, I really enjoy it here, my family enjoy it and I hope it continues. The manager, obviously being Serbian too, helped me a lot and the style they play, the players they have, I like a lot.”
 
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Never really able to command a regular starting place at Newcastle United under Rafa Benitez, Mitrovic found chances hard to come by in the Premier League.



“However, he’s been rejuvenated under Jokanovic at Fulham, and since his debut, only Patrick Bamford has scored more goals than him. 

“Mitrovic seems like he’s a player who is at his best when he feels loved and his coach, teammates and Fulham fans are certainly giving him that.

“He offers Fulham something different and if he keeps firing, you can imagine Fulham winning all of their remaining games and pushing the top two all of the way for automatic promotion.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford said: “Managers will often speak of the difficulty of getting signings right in the January transfer window but Fulham’s temporary addition of Aleksandar Mitrovic looks to be one of the shrewdest cards played by the Championship club.

“The Serb has thrived since arriving at Craven Cottage from Newcastle, he’s been worth a lot more than his five goals in March as his link-up play and aggressive style have endeared him to the Fulham faithful.

“He looks battle-hardened for the demands of the second tier and has given his loan side an outside squeak of automatic promotion.”


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