Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has given a lengthy interview with Sky Sports after he was named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for March.
Mitro was signed from Anderlecht for £14M almost three years ago with some fanfare, but he was never really successful in his time at Newcastle, and in 72 appearances he scored 17 goals.
In 13 appearances for Fulham since January, he has scored 9 goals and Fulham are now in second place in the Championship one point ahead of Cardiff City, and they could gain automatic promotion.
If that happens, we would expect their impressive Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic, who got Watford promoted back in 2015, to try to sign Mitro permanently.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in action against Sheffield United
Mitrovic will first want to talk to Rafa Benitez to see if he has any future at Newcastle, but we doubt that he will with the Newcastle manager expected to sign two new strikers in the summer.
That would be a pity for Aleksandar since Newcastle was the club he supported as a boy, and Alan Shearer was his hero, so he was delighted to sign for us almost three years ago.
Mitro has talked to Sky Sports, and this is some of what he said:
“I would never say I regret that I was there, but I have regret because I didn’t play as much as I could and maybe I should have scored more goals.”
“There are a lot of things I wanted to do there that I didn’t do, so of course I have regret, but I still enjoyed my time there and I’m still a Newcastle player so we will see what happens.”
“I am very competitive and I want to win every game.” “That’s my way. That’s how I have played all my life.”
“It’s how I see football and that’s it. I’m a winner and I will try to do everything to win the game.”
“I made some silly mistakes but I have tried to learn from my mistakes.”
“It’s not always possible to channel the anger in the right way but I try to stay focused on the team and to do my job.”
“That is to stay on the pitch and to score goals, to assist, to create space. I need my passion but I have to control it.”
“I try to use it on the goal and on the team.”
It would be a fairy tale if Fulham can get promoted – even more so by an automatic promotion place – and Mitro seems to be very happy in London.
It would seem like a good fit for both Mitro and Fulham, but there are likely to be other clubs, like some from the continent – who will be interested in signing the 23-year-old Serbian striker.
It’s tremendous for Aleksandar that he has done so well at Craven Cottage after a frustrating season on Tyneside.