Marco Silva has praised Aleksandar Mitrovic’s amazing goalscoring record since he took over as Fulham boss and believes there is still move to come from the Serbian striker.

The former Newcastle forward looked set to leave Craven Cottage last summer following Fulham’s relegation – having been consigned to the bench for much of a dismal campaign as Scott Parker preferred to play Ivan Cavaleiro in the loan striker role. But Silva’s first call on being appointed as the former England skipper’s successor was to tell Mitrovic that he was a pivotal part of his plan to take the Cottagers back to the top flight at the first attempt and the number nine is now in the form of his life.

The Portuguese head coach told his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s clash with Everton:

“He is just doing what we did last season. We are preparing him in the same way, we are preparing the players around him in the same way. The numbers of Mitrovic are unbelievable, they are outstanding. Since I arrived in this football club, in 57 games he scored 52 goals. It is an unbelievable number for a striker.

What I want is to keep enjoying the moments with him, to keep giving him the conditions to improve. If we provide for him, as a team I know he will keep scoring.”

Mitrovic has found the net nine times in eleven appearances this term – making a mockery of summer suggestions that he was not able to replicate his extraordinary 2020-21 Championship campaign, where he scored 43 goals in 46 games, in the Premier League. His return is three better at this stage of a top flight season that the two previously most prolific Fulham forwards in Louis Saha and Dimitar Berbatov.