Over the summer, the love affair between Newcastle and Aleksandar Mitrovic came to an end.
The Serbian forward joined Newcastle in 2015, with loads of hype surrounding his arrival.
Mitrovic quickly endeared himself to the Toon Army with his soundbites and arm flapping, but the goals never really flowed.
Despite his poor performances, a lot of fans were still enamoured with Mitro, appreciating the passion he showed for the club.
What mattered most was that Rafa Benitez didn’t fancy him. The Spaniard tried to incorporate the striker into his side, but it just wasn’t a good fit. Mitrovic didn’t suit Benitez’s defensive style, and thus his performances suffered.
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Career renaissance at Fulham for Mitrovic
He would join Fulham on loan in January, as the Cottagers attempted to achieve promotion. They did exactly that, and one of the reasons was the goals provided by their newest recruit.
He would score 12 goals in 17 Championship appearances, as Fulham returned to the top flight via the playoffs.
The Mitro renaissance would continue, as Fulham signed him permanently for an initial £22million.
Mitrovic would begin to repay that fee in sublime fashion, scoring five Premier League goals in the opening six games of the season.
Since his goal against Watford though, the goals have dried up, and Fulham’s performances worsened.
Their latest defeat was at the hands of Huddersfield Town, and the result saw Slavisa Jokanovic’s side slip to the bottom of the table.
No service, no form
In recent weeks, Fulham just haven’t been playing to their forward’s strengths. And just like when this happened at Newcastle, he might as well be invisible.
Mitrovic is lethal when you get the ball into him, get people around him to play off, and get crosses into the box for him to attack.
If you don’t do any of those things, then he isn’t going to do much for you.
While Newcastle are hardly firing in the goals this season, keeping Mitrovic wouldn’t have helped matters.