23-year-old Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is on loan at Fulham and has scored a goal in each of his last two games and seems to be enjoying life at Fulham.
The Cottagers had a terrific 2-0 home win against Championship leaders Wolves on Saturday, and that takes them into 5th place in the league on 59 points.
That puts Fulham only 8 points behind second-placed Cardiff, and with their red-hot form of the last two months, they could even get an automatic promotion place.
They could also be well positioned if they only make the playoffs if they can keep up their terrific form.
The contrast is that Rafa Benitez doesn’t seem to trust Mitro and he was scarcely used by the Newcastle manager this season or even last season.
Newcastle are even in a little trouble now with new loan signing Islam Slimani still injured, so we are missing Mitro.
Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic is an excellent manager who got Watford promoted a few years ago, and he also did well at Fulham last season when Fulham beat Newcastle twice.
The Cottagers got off to a poor start in the first half of this season.
But now they look like they are the in-form team in the Championship and Mitro is helping them with his goals.
Mitrovic – scores his first goal for Fulham at Bristol City
This is what Mitrovic has told Get West London:
“It was good, the team already know my style and try to use me in the best way,”
“The ball is where I like to receive, in my legs, with the defender on my shoulder so they try to play me every time.”
“They know how to use me and it was a nice goal and it was a nice feeling to score my first goal here at Craven Cottage and I hope I will continue this.”
“I didn’t play a lot or start many games at Newcastle. When you compare all the games that I played there, just 10 or 15 minutes each week, I didn’t have a lot of chances to score goals.”
“But here, I get a warm welcome from the lads and the coaching staff and the fans, and I really enjoy it here.”
“The style we play here is very different to the one we play at Newcastle, so for me it’s much easier to play because I have a lot of crosses and chances created for me.”
“And the lads are always looking to use me the way they like, which is where I’m strongest.”
“I enjoy it here and hope I can continue like this – the team enjoy it too and we haven’t lost in 12 games so that’s a big deal for a team, for confidence and for mentality.”
“At Newcastle, the team there played a compact shape and mostly counter attacked, so this is not where I am strongest.”
“This is the style that Rafa played and I have to accept this, but here I have adapted really fast because we play attacking football with a lot of crosses and balls into the box and around it too.”
“I don’t think about Rafa, about Newcastle, I am a Fulham player, I’m here and want to get Fulham promoted – this is our target.”
“My target is, of course, to score as many as I can, but first my target is to try help the team every day.
“Of course I wish Newcastle all the best, I hope they will stay in the league, they deserve it because they have a good team, good fans and a good manager.”
“I hope they will stay in the league and in the summer we will see what happens, but I’m happy here, focused here and looking forward to playing every game.”
“My only target is to help Fulham to get promoted.”
Rafa says there’s still a chance for Mitro to make it at Newcastle.
However, it’s almost cast-iron certain that Mitro will be sold in the summer and he could even join another Premier League club.
Maybe that will be Fulham?