Fulham let their fans in for a nervy finish last night against Luton Town at Craven Cottage, but Scott Parker’s side eventually managed to see out a 3-2 victory.
Luton gave themselves hope of an unlikely comeback after Kazenga LuaLua’s injury time strike, but it was not to be for Graeme Jones’s men, as Fulham climb up to 7th in the Championship.
Having lost just once in their last five in the league, The Cottagers are showing that they are a good side.
A key reason for that is the form of their talismanic striker, Alekandar Mitrovic.
The Serbian No.9 was in devastating form in front of goal last night in a Man of the Match performance, netting a first club-level hat-trick which takes his league tally for the season to 11.
That takes the 25-year-old three clear of his nearest rival, Brentford’s Ollie Watkins, who has 8 goals.
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The three goals displayed how much of a complete striker he is for Scott Parker’s side. The first was a stunning strike into the top left corner from the edge of the penalty area, followed by a routine tap in and a header from close range.
Six of his strikes were from inside the 6-yard box, with the remaining five coming from within the penalty area. This highlights just how much of a poacher and instinctive finisher Mitrovic is.
He has also displayed fantastic form for his nation, finding the net six times in his last four International games.
What these statistics tell us is that Mitrovic is a vital player for Fulham, and his goals will be critical in their push for promotion back to the Premier League.
The key reason behind his success has been his consistency.
Mitrovic has been in good form for the West London side for the past season and a half. The Serbian netted 11 goals in the Premier League last term, as Fulham suffered relegation.
Before his move to Craven Cottage was made permanent in the Summer of 2018 for a fee of £22 million, Mitrovic was on loan at the club from February to May 2018, finishing with 12 goals in 17 Championship appearances, as Fulham were promoted via the play-offs.
Combining with players around him in the current team such as Ivan Cavaleiro and Bobby Reid has helped his cause, and Fulham boss Parker will be hoping that Mitrovic’s excellent form can continue so his side can carry on climbing the table.