Aleksandar Mitrovic has admitted that he prefers playing football for an ‘attacking’ Fulham opposed to a more ‘tactical’ Newcastle – suggesting that he isn’t keen on the disciplined system Benitez has brought to NUFC over the past two seasons.
The Serbian has been a big hit at Fulham since making his move down south on deadline day, scoring three goals in his last three games to help them up to 4th in the Championship.
He’s since admitted just why the ‘different style’ of football at Fulham is much more enjoyable than what we were playing in our promotion campaign last season, suggesting we were ‘too tactical’ and didn’t play enough attacking football to suit his style of play.
Here’s what he’s had to say about the two club’s approaches to Championship football:
“It is a different style we play here at Fulham (compared to at Newcastle).
“The players enjoy the football more than last season (when I was) with Newcastle, where we knew how we wanted to play, we always played on the results, that’s it.
“This season, this (Fulham) team, we always try to score more goals than the opponent.
“Newcastle was more tactical, we didn’t play so much attacking football as we play now.
“Obviously, it worked because Newcastle were promoted last season, and I hope we are promoted again with Fulham.
“This is the reason I came here – the style, the players, always attacking, always trying to score one more than your opponents, always with a lot of possession.
“Last season I really followed Fulham and they were the best team to watch in the Championship – we are continuing like this.
“I really enjoy it and I want to help my team-mates get promoted this season.
“We know what to do, we know how to play, we know where we want to be.
“We know we have 11 games and we will do everything we can, we want to be there (in the Premier League) come the last game.”
It sounds like he’s fully invested in Fulham and loving every minute of his time at Craven Cottage. One thing that is interesting, however, is that he admits to struggling with Rafa’s tactical approach. Perhaps he lacked the discipline to follow the set instructions in such a system?
Either way, he’s thriving at Fulham and that can only be good news for us. Rafa never looked like playing him, so him scoring goals will only A) see us get more money for him in the summer or B) have him return a better player and one Rafa may feel he can use.
Here’s his goal in Fulham’s 2-1 win at Derby on Saturday:
— joenkan (@joenkanuno) March 4, 2018