Aleksandar Mitrovic continued his rich vein of goalscoring form by netting a hat-trick during Fulham’s 3-2 victory over Luton on Tuesday night.
The Serbian has now scored 11 goals during his 13 appearances for the Cottagers this season, with his hot streak ensuring his side are sitting seventh in the Championship table at this early stage of the season.
Scott Parker’s side have been somewhat underwhelming so far this term given the quality within their squad, as they have already lost three matches since their relegation from the top-flight.
However, there have been a number of occasions where Mitrovic has singlehandedly secured points for his side, and Tuesday’s clash with Luton was certainly one of those instances.
Here, we take a look at Mitrovic’s stats so far, and whether the striker can lead his side’s promotion push this season…
Is Aleksandar Mitrovic the best striker in the Champiomship?
Mitrovic is undoubtedly Fulham’s talisman and he has not missed a minute of Championship action for his side this term, which has seen him play a total of 1266 minutes in his 13 appearances since early August.
The striker has netted 11 goals during that time with many of these proving pivotal to his side’s results, with his performance against Luton being the clearest indication yet of his necessity to Fulham.
Mitrovic has unsurprisingly proven to be a constant threat for Championship defences, and he has certainly not been afraid to try his luck at goal against his opponents, with the 25-year-old registering a high total of 52 shots so far this season.
His main strength might be his goalscoring threat, but his overall game play has also been vital to any success his side have achieved this campaign. The physical presence Mitrovic offers, in addition to his strong link-up play, makes him a real threat across the pitch.
However, a somewhat surprising statistic is that Mitrovic has not registered any assists so far this season. This will not be a major concern for his manager given that his main job is to score goals, but it would of course benefit his side if he could also increase this assist tally as the season develops.
But Mitrovic’s strengths across the pitch are ultimately elucidated in two further statistics which include his 87.1% passing accuracy, in addition to his 1.14 interceptions per game. These numbers reflect the extent of his well-rounded skill set, which includes his impressive link-up play and willingness to defend from the front.
The striker will certainly make his biggest contributions on the goalscoring front, but the other varying aspects to his game mean he will be indispensable to Parker’s side this season.