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Sean Davis details importance of key Fulham figure to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s recent form



Former Fulham midfielder Sean Davis has lauded manager Marco Silva for Aleksandar Mitrovic’s upturn in form, saying that the team are now playing to his strengths as he penned a piece on the official club website.

Silva, 44, arrived at the club at the start of July this year after Scott Parker’s departure to AFC Bournemouth, having just been relegated from the Premier League and spending just one season back in the top flight before their second-tier return.

Serbian international Mitrovic was one man who failed to make a real impact for the Cottagers last term, scoring just three goals in 27 top-tier appearances and struggling to adapt to life at a higher level despite his existing experience there.

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Football League World understands he was even open to an exit in the summer had Silva’s predecessor Parker remained in the dugout at Craven Cottage this term, with a ‘strained’ relationship between the two possibly why he was unable to perform to his potential.

However, he has been in scintillating form during 2021/22 so far, scoring 20 goals in just 17 Championship matches and looking as though he will continue to break goalscoring records throughout the campaign.

Although the likes of Bobby Decordova-Reid, Neeskens Kebano and Harry Wilson have provided the creativity needed for the 27-year-old to make such a remarkable start to the season, he has arguably won games for the west London outfit on his own in recent months, scoring the only goal of the game against Peterborough United last weekend to secure all three points.

But former Cottager Davis has outlined another key figure as crucial to the forward’s recent form, praising manager Silva for his impact on the Serbian.

Writing a column for the club website, he said: “Mitro has hit 20 goals already and we’re barely into November.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. He’s genuinely on fire. Sharing a dressing room with him and seeing that confidence, the players will know that if they can get good balls into the area, then he will hurt teams.

“He’s always been a hungry player, but this season he looks ravenous.

“A new manager coming in seems to have done him the world of good, the team are playing to his strengths, he’s signed a new deal, he’s happy at the Club.

“All that bodes well, and hopefully he can go on and break all sorts of records.”

The Verdict:

Although many people would label him as a player who’s too good for the Championship but not quite good enough for the Premier League, almost fitting into the Dwight Gayle mould in that sense, Mitrovic has shown he can perform at the highest level.

Scoring nine goals in 34 games for Newcastle United during 2015/16 and recording 11 goals in 37 displays for his current side during 2018/19, he has proved he belongs in the top flight despite a disappointing campaign last season.

Translating this goalscoring form from the second tier to the top division would be a challenge for the 27-year-old if the Cottagers do gain promotion as expected, and there are no guarantees he will remain in this form for the remainder of this campaign after scoring at a rate of over one goal per game, but he has now given himself a great platform to build on.

Not only has he built and improved on his relationship with the likes of Kebano and Decordova-Reid – but his partnership with summer signing Wilson is also coming along nicely and that will only get better as the season progresses.

The forward also deserves credit for his creativity, supplying five assists in the Championship this term and recording a magnificent 25 goal contributions in total, something that looks unsustainable for the rest of the season but a brilliant record to have, nonetheless.

Credit to Silva too, because he’s managed to give Mitrovic the confidence and freedom to get back to his best, showing why the Cottagers need to retain the 44-year-old.

A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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