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Total Duds: Konstantinos Mitroglou’s rotten Fulham spell was an expensive waste of time

This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.

In the winter of 2014, Fulham were in big trouble. Facing potential relegation from the Premier League for the first time since their 2001 promotion, the Whites turned to an international forward to escape the dreaded drop. Unfortunately, things hardly went to plan.

On paper, the signs were good. Mitroglou had not long been pivotal in sending his country to just their third World Cup finals, with three goals across a two-legged tie against Romania that had booked Greece’s place in Brazil.

Olympiakos teammate Roy Carroll had even compared the striker’s hold-up play to that of Eric Cantona.

But Konstantinos Mitroglou’s Fulham career belied the credentials that had persuaded the Craven Cottage side to spend around £11m (BBC Sport) on the Greek striker.

Having been poached by Fulham to rescue them from being sentenced to time in the Championship, Mitroglou’s career at Craven Cottage got off to a false start after missing his first three games since his January deadline-day move with a knee injury.

During that time, Fulham had sunk to the foot of the Premier League table, and Mitroglou didn’t play a full 90 minutes until his second showing in Fulham colours when his side lost a basement battle with Cardiff City in early March.

By then, Fulham were already on their third manager of the campaign, with Rene Meulensteen, who signed Mitroglou, dismissed following the previous sacking of Martin Jol before Christmas.

Felix Magath had taken over the reins by the time the Greek had recovered from his ever-troublesome knee problem to take part in their penultimate game of the season at Stoke City – but his 32-minute cameo was not enough as their 4-1 defeat confirmed their relegation.

It would be his final appearance in a Fulham shirt, in a Premier League career in West London that had lasted just 151 minutes and garnered zero goals.

Mitroglou returned to Olympiakos to revive his career, and bounced back from relegation and an individually goalless World Cup campaign to win the double back in Athens the following season.

Now at PSV Eindhoven, it seems the 31-year-old has put his Fulham days behind him, though it seems he may not be remembered by fans for the right reasons thanks to his complete disaster of a spell in the Premier League.

And despite Fulham dropping back to the second tier since their 2018 promotion, things are arguably brighter thanks to a different kind of ‘Mitro’ banging in the goals.

Fulham fans, what went wrong for Mitroglou? Could he have kept you up if he had been fit? Let us know in the comments below!

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Total Duds: Konstantinos Mitroglou’s rotten Fulham spell was an expensive waste of time
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