With Fulham winless in the league and facing a vitally important match against Burnley, Aleksandar Mitrovic stepped up when it mattered.
The Serbian striker bagged a first half brace en route to a 4-2 victory, putting him atop the goalscoring charts and earning himself a place in the The Boot Room‘s Team of the Week.
Not only is Mitrovic the Premier League’s top scorer with three goals, he has now scored the most league goals in the top four tiers of English football since February.
— Dimitri Kondonis (@dkondonis) August 26, 2018
With a stunning 15 strikes since joining the Whites on 31 January, Mitrovic is alongside Mohamed Salah at the peak of the English goalscoring charts.
It’s a remarkable feat, made all the more impressive considering the striker’s tough time at Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez evidently did not rate Mitrovic but must surely be rueing exiling a striker who is scoring goals for fun at the moment.
The Fulham forward showed all of his best qualities on Sunday, bullying the famously watertight Burnley defence all match long. Mitrovic scored his first goal off a well-worked short corner, nodding home at the far post past a helpless Joe Hart.
And he added his second just two minutes later, showing superb intelligence to create space and get on the end of Luciano Vietto’s in-swinging cross.
Mitrovic’s goals gave the Cottagers an early 3-1 lead, and caused Burnley to put two defenders on the Serbian at every opportunity. But even this couldn’t slow him down and he continued to get his head on crosses and terrorise James Tarkowski and Ben Mee.
He came close to completing his hat trick while hitting the post via a rasping strike late on, but ended up providing Andre Schurrle with an assist to make it 4-2.
“Some people thought he can only be a Championship player but no, he’s showed his quality at the highest level. He’s a really important player for us, a young man who has huge room for improvement.”
In all, it was an all-action display by the tireless Aleksandar Mitrovic, who seems to have finally found his home at Craven Cottage. Only 23 years of age, the striker has a long career ahead of him, and on this weekend’s display, can turn into one of the league’s most lethal scorers.