Bernd Leno has hailed Aleksandar Mitrovic as Fulham’s most important player after his goal helped the club win 2-1 against Brighton on Tuesday.
The Serbian striker’s slippery tap-in broke the deadlock just after half-time and took his tally for the embryonic season to five goals, already surpassing his tally of three scored in the Premier League’s final season. West London club.
An own goal from Lewis Dunk gave Fulham a second but they had to hold on after Alexis Mac Allister reduced the deficit from the penalty spot on the hour mark.
Goalkeeper Leno, who arrived from Arsenal during the summer transfer window, even said his former teammates knew Mitrovic was difficult to face.
“He’s full of confidence and full of quality, the way he plays and keeps the ball, and the way he scores goals is exceptional,” Leno said.
“He’s so important to us – probably the most important player for us – so we’re really happy to have him here.
“I spoke to the guys at Arsenal a few days ago and they said, ‘He’s so difficult to face.
“We are so happy to have him.”
Fulham have started their season well. They remain unbeaten at Craven Cottage and have eight points from their opening five matches, including a draw against Liverpool on the opening day.
Speaking after the Brighton clash, Leno added: “We have the three points and our home record is still the best. The manager said home games are key and we can be very happy with the start of the season.
“And now we have two big games against Tottenham and Chelsea.”
Mac Allister, who scored Brighton’s only goal of the game, wants the Seagulls to bounce back against Leicester this weekend.
“We don’t think too much about the standings, we have to go game by game, so we’ll rest and recover and then prepare to be back at the Amex on Sunday in front of our fans,” he told the website. of the club.