Aleksandar Mitrović has done so much for Fulham since his January move that it is easy to forget his attitude problems that ensured he didn’t realise his potential at Newcastle.
It was reuniting with his countryman Slavisa Jokanovic and being the centre of the Whites’ promotion hopes that focused his mind and saw him rediscover his goalscoring touch.
Mitrovic started the season on fire but has not scored since September and that lack of potency was one of the reasons Jokanovic was sacked this week.
Now Claudio Ranieri has taken over and he must ensure that Mitrovic’s attitude does not slip to what it was at Newcastle; where a team so desperate for goals was prepared to let him go.
He did not shine in Rafa Benitez’s counter attacking style and that is also something Ranieri must be wary of as he seeks to introduce the solid blueprint that won Leicester the Premier League.
Luciano Vietto may be an alternative up front if Ranieri cannot get a tune out of Mitrovic but the Italian would surely rather reinvigorate his first-choice striker.
Now we’ll see whether Mitrovic truly loved Fulham last season or working with Jokanovic.