With fellow Serbian Slavisa Jokanovic now sacked by Fulham, this coupled with the arrival of Claudio Ranieri could be seriously bad news for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Not only was Jokanovic the man who brought him to Craven Corttage TWICE over the last year, but he was a manager who was clearly happy to allow his team to revolve around the big Serbian, making sure his team was set up to play to his strengths.
Unfortunately for Mitrovic, there’s a fair bit of evidence to suggest Claudio Ranieri will A) not do this and B ) adopt a style and system that Mitrovic may not find quite so suited to his abilities.
It may have been a one off season, but the tactics Ranieri deployed during his time at Leicester and their famous title win were reliant on high energy, mobility and excellent movement. He may adopt completely new tactics at Fulham (although that seems unlikely to me), but it’s fair to say Mitrovic’s game would NOT suit these demands.
Not only that, Mitrovic clearly needs a manager who has complete faith in him, with Jokanovic clearly being that man who would start him no matter what, make him Fulham’s main man and always be there to put an arm around his shoulder.
Will Ranieri be the same? It’s hard to know, but I get the feeling he’ll have to work a lot harder (in more ways than one) to fit into the Italians plans quite as effectively.