One players whose future looks set to be the subject of much speculation over the course of the summer transfer window, is Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Following the Cottagers relegation from the Premier League, the Serbian is a player looks set to be in demand this summer, as interested clubs aim to take advantage of Fulham’s drop out of the top-flight.
Should Mitrovic leave Craven Cottage this summer, then you would imagine Fulham will be keen to bring in another striker to fill the void left by the Serbian in the squad.
So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at three ideal replacements for Mitrovic that Fulham should consider, if the striker is to leave this summer.
One player who Fulham have already been linked with heading into the summer transfer window, is Blackburn Rovers’ Adam Armstrong.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding campaign during the season just gone, scoring 28 goals in 40 league appearances for Tony Mowbray’s side, proving his ability to get goals at Championship level.
With his contract expiring next summer, Rovers could be open to selling the striker for the right price in the coming months – to ensure they do not lose him for free at the end of next season – and amid claims of Premier League interest in Armstrong, it would be a coup for Fulham if they could pull this one off.
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Another Championship striker who could be worth considering for Fulham in their search for a potential Mitrovic replacement, is Reading’s Lucas Joao.
Like Armstrong, Joao is a player who has demonstrated his ability to get goals at Championship level in the season just gone, netting 19 times in 39 league games across the course of the campaign.
The 27-year-old’s height and physicality also mean that he could be capable of offering a similar presence upfront to Mitrovic at Fulham, meaning he too is one that pose a big threat for the Cottagers in the final third, while seven assists this season shows he can create chances as well as finish them too.
A somewhat left-field option, but one that may be worth considering for Fulham nonetheless, is Sunderland’s Charlie Wyke.
Across the course of the season just gone, Wyke netted 31 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats, often showing the same predatory instincts to those possessed by Mitrovic to do that, meaning he could be capable of filling a similar role to the Serbian.
It could also be pointed out that Wyke is out of contract with Sunderland this summer – it remains to be seen whether he will agree to the Black Cats offer of a new contract – and if he doesn’t, then he would also be available on a free transfer, which may be useful for Fulham in terms of freeing up funds to spend on other areas of the squad.