Transfer Battle: Aleksandar Mitrovic vs Callum Wilson

Fulham will be desperate to gain all three points from their next Premier League fixture versus Bournemouth at Craven Cottage on Saturday having dropped into the relegation zone after their 4-2 defeat to Cardiff City last weekend.

And one man manager Slavisa Jokanovic will be looking to is Aleksandar Mitrovic with the striker comfortably sitting near the top of the Premier League goal-scoring charts after registering fives goals in nine appearances so far this season.

Meanwhile, in the Bournemouth corner, Callum Wilson is just one attacking option Eddie Howe can turn to for goals when his side travel to west London.

So how do the two No.9s match up ahead of Saturday’s clash?

Aleksandar Mitrovic

After making a bright start to the campaign, the goals have dried up for Mitrovic over Fulham’s last couple of matches.

However, the 24-year-old still makes massive contributions to games with his ability to hold up the ball and bring other team-mates into play.

Mitrovic is great with his back towards goal, dangerous in the air and is an overall powerful striker who offers so much more than just numbers.

His presence up front is something both his former side Newcastle United and Fulham’s west London rivals Chelsea could do with.

All in all, Fulham’s decision to sign Mitrovic on a permanent deal is proving to be a great one and could be the difference between Premier League survival and relegation for the club.

TT Grade: B+

Callum Wilson

Wilson has not had the easiest of times with Bournemouth in the Premier League since the Cherries’ promotion to English football’s top flight back in 2015.

The 26-year-old has had some serious injuries in that time and has missed a lot of games, as a result.

However, when he has played, more often than not, Wilson has been able to make an impact.

The former Coventry City man, understandably, has not shown the same kind of goal-scoring proficiency as the likes of Joshua King and Jermain Defoe during his previous stints with Sunderland and Tottenham.

But he still remains a threat with his pace and ability to run in behind, giving Howe a dangerous weapon up front.

TT Grade: C+

TT Verdict:

With the ability he possesses, Wilson definitely could have offered Bournemouth so much more if it were not for injuries.

On his day, he is a very capable striker and a good finisher. Compared to Mitrovic, though, the Englishman’s all-round game is not quite there.

Mitrovic is so much more effective at holding up the ball and is the better outlet for defence to attack transitions. Therefore, the Serbian centre-forward wins this battle.

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