Fulham travel to Huddersfield Town tonight in a massive clash between the league’s bottom two sides, with both clubs starting the season in terrible form.
The Whites must get star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic involved heavily against the Terriers, as the Serbian international has been starved of service and goals after his red-hot start to the year.
Mitrovic bagged five goals in his first six Premier League matches, yet has since endured a four-match match goalless drought.
And when the 24-year-old is kept quiet, Fulham simply don’t score — the Cottagers have bagged just three goals in the past 360 minutes.
The last four defeats cannot be attributed to Mitrovic, as Fulham’s lack of attacking creativity left the striker stranded up top, with minimal service and deliveries into the box.
This frustrating isolation even led the Serbian to drop deeper and deeper into his own half against Bournemouth last week, getting stuck in defensively in order to singlehandedly launch attacks.
As admirable as his actions were, they are the last thing Slavisa Jokanovic wanted his striker to do, and blame must lie on the centre of midfield and wingers for failing to provide Mitrovic with scoring opportunities.
Nevertheless, it is not all doom and gloom for the Whites, as the anticipated return of Tom Cairney to the lineup will spark the attacking fire of Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.
With Cairney operating in midfield to revitalise Fulham’s possession-style of play, the Whites must seek to get Aleksandar Mitrovic involved in the match in order to take advantage of his early-season form.