It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when or why Fulham’s season went on an upwards spiral and saw the club make that long-awaited return to the Premier League.
But many supporters will argue that it was the signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic, on loan, from Newcastle United.
The Serbian striker brought something different to the team, with the player being able to hold the ball up and be the focus of our attacking play, as well as scoring goals that proved invaluable in the quest for promotion.
At Wembley Stadium, against Aston Villa, the Serbian didn’t get on the score-sheet but his battling display caused the defensive duo of John Terry and James Chester problems.
After the final whistle had blown and the celebrations were in full swing, the Sky Sports team grabbed the burly striker for a few words with Mitrovic remarking,
“It’s a dream come true. We’ve brought the club back where it should be.
“Every Fulham fan today needs to be very proud of this club. It’s an unbelievable day.
“I’m so tired right now, like never in my life. I can’t feel my legs.
“I’m really happy and proud.”
It’d be interesting to see how much ground Mitrovic covered on a day when the pitch-side temperature was measured at a staggering 96 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, we’re all aware that the Serbian’s loan spell has now come to an end and that he is no longer a Fulham player.
When pushed by Sky Sports on that subject, Mitrovic had this to say,
“I’ve had an amazing three or four months. I want to enjoy the moment, prepare for the World Cup and then we’ll see what happens. I want to say thank you to the club and the fans.”
But, interestingly, the local press, up on Tyneside, including the Newcastle Chronicle, are reporting that Newcastle are looking to offload the 23-year-old and that Fulham want to make the loan move a permanent one.
Seemingly, Newcastle want to add the funds from his sale to aid their summer transfer spending spree.
If the Fulham board have any sense then they’ll get a deal for Mitrovic done as soon as practically possible, he’d be a real asset in the Premier League next season.