These comments came after Fulham’s 3-2 win over Southampton yesterday, with the Serbian scoring twice to help Ranieri get off to a perfect start after replacing Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham over the international break.
Here’s what he’s had to say about the 24-year-old following his impressive display on Saturday (brace yourselves!):
“For me Aleksandar Mitrovic is one of the best strikers in Europe.
“And when I say Europe I mean all of the world.”
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) November 24, 2018
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve watched Mitrovic put in some outstanding all-round displays since he made the £20m plus move to Craven Cottage over the summer, and he was terrific again on Saturday, but to say these post-match comments from Ranieir are over the top is an understatement.
As I say, he was brilliant against Southampton, bullying their back four, linking the play very well and looking deadly in front of goal, but he’s got a long way to go yet before he can be considered an elite striker.
That being said, Saturday saw him take his tally for the Premier League season up to seven – meaning those who questioned Benitez’s decision to sell him will no doubt be making their feelings known.
It’s probably time for us to move on from Mitro, but I just couldn’t ignore these comments from Ranieri.
Does he actually believe this, or is this an attempt to put an arm around the Serbian and make him feel loved? Something Rafa showed no interest in doing during their time together on Tyneside..