With some in the Newcastle United fanbase semi-split on the decision to sell striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham following his successful loan spell with them in the Championship as they won promotion to the Premier League, it’s fair to say any split in reality is based purely on his goal return for them, given our own return in front of the net this year.
The 24-year-old put in mixed performances for us, but he did hit 17 goals in just over 60 appearances, but almost half of those showings were from the substitutes bench as he struggled to establish himself.
His record at Fulham spoke for itself during the loan spell, and we received good money for him over the summer. In 2018/19 so far he’s returned five goals in 13 appearances but he hasn’t scored in the last five games.
With their decision to can Slavisa Jokanovic and replace him with Claudio Ranieri – well, the expectation is he’ll be asked to fulfil a more Newcastle like role once again as he was under Rafa Benitez and that’s not his strong point.
Interesting segment. I’d be worried about Mitrovic. Raineri is much closer to Benitez in his style than Jokanovic.
— Jacob Jackman (@JakeJackmann) November 15, 2018
Mitro has a good ratio everywhere he’s been. Granted, his time with Rafa was his worst but give him service and he’ll score. Regardless of the manager. Can’t see anyone not playing to his strengths but Fulham were too one dimensional.
— Dan Snowden (@DanSnowden) November 14, 2018
Exactly what I was thinking
— Matty (@MattySmit15052k) November 14, 2018
Ranieri likes a fast striker
— Scott Denholm (@scotty8431) November 14, 2018
I can’t see it ending well. Ranieri has the blueprint for success, and Mitro isn’t Vardy
— Conor Bennett (@CBennett_12) November 14, 2018