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4 goals, 2 assists: The Fulham attacker who will need to step up in key man’s absence

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Fulham boss Scott Parker has confirmed that leading goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic will be out of action for between two and three weeks after suffering an ankle injury against Hull on the weekend.

Mitrovic was carried off on a stretcher in the 80th minute of the Cottagers’ 1-0 victory over the Tigers, but it has now emerged that the Serbian’s injury is not as bad as first feared, with Mitrovic set to return to action in February.

The 25-year-old has been an integral figure during Fulham’s promotion effort this season, during which the West London side often depending on his prolific record in front of goal to see them through games, with Mitrovic having netted 18 goals this term.

This means the Cottagers will certainly miss his services during his absence, but it also presents the opportunity for another attacker to step up to the mark during his lay-off, and Bobby Reid will be the main man aiming to fill in for Mitrovic.

Reid has impressed in various attacking roles since joining on a season-long loan deal from Cardiff over the summer, with the 26-year-old having made 24 appearances this campaign, and he could well lead the line over the coming weeks for Parker’s side.

Here, we take a closer look at Reid’s stats so far this season as he prepares to become the main man for Fulham…

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Reid has been a regular feature in the Fulham side this campaign which has seen him complete 1691 minutes of action for the Cottagers, while he has now played the full 90 minutes in each of his side’s last five league matches.

His versatility means he has not really been given the opportunity to settle in one position in Parker’s side – with Reid being able to play anywhere in Fulham’s attacking unit – but he has been able to score four goals and register two assists during his outings.

It should also be noted that three of these goals have come during Fulham’s last four league matches, so it certainly appears as though the attacker is finding form at the right time as he prepares to try and fill Mitrovic’s goalscoring void.

Reid’s overall game play has been particularly impressive since his switch to West London, and this is partly indicated through his 84.1% pass completion rate, which suggests he has quickly been able to develop a strong understanding with his teammates.

The 26-year-old has also shown he is regularly able to transition the ball from midfield to attack by completing an average of 3.14 dribbles per game, and he should certainly be looking to utilise his dribbling quality if deployed up front by Parker.

Furthermore, Reid has also made a sound defensive contribution during his appearances in the side, with this seeing him winning 62% of his defensive duels, and this continues to illustrate how Reid has contributed across the park for the West Londoners.

Reid has definitely proven he is capable of stepping up to the mark in Mitrovic’s absence from the team, and the fact he has also been among the goals recently suggests Fulham will be more than comfortable with him leading the line for the next few weeks.


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