Fulham‘s Director of Football Operations and vice-Chairman Tony Khan returned to Craven Cottage to watch the club seal the Championship title with a ruthless 7-0 win over Luton Town on Monday evening.
The Cottagers have been one of the best Championship teams in recent memory, but the tougher tests are still to come with the club being relegated comfortably on their last two pitiful Premier League survival attempts in 2018/19 and 2020/21.
Khan was keen to stay grounded and stay focused on the bigger picture when he spoke to The Athletic.
He said: “We’ve done the first part to get promoted.
“Now we want to do the other part.
“We definitely need to put together a great season and do everything we can to stay up.
“We’ve been focused on building a more sustainable team and I think we can do it.
“I don’t want us to be seen that way (as a yo-yo club).
“From now on, I just want us to be a yo club.”
This certainly feels different, the last two times the Cottagers have won promotion to the Premier League, it was via the play-offs, not storming their way through the rest of the second tier field for almost an entire season.
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It is a myth that Aleksandar Mitrovic has struggled at Premier League level, he scored 11 league goals for a desperate Cottagers side in 2018/19 and averages 0.29 goals per 90 minutes, as per Wyscout, at the level.
The Serbian is somehow still only 27 and his best years are ahead of him, growing in his positional intelligence and using his physicality much better with experience.
15 league goals will be a realistic target in the Premier League, should he stay fit for the majority of the season, and if Fulham can replace the creativity that Fabio Carvalho has provided this season, then Mitrovic is in a great position to silence his doubters and take the club a long way towards survival next term.