talkSPORT exclusive: Alfie Mawson believes Aleksandar Mitrovic will be of huge importance to Fulham this season

8 Aug

Alfie Mawson says Aleksandar Mitrovic will be crucial for Fulham ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Fulham have been exceptionally busy in the transfer market since winning promotion back to the Premier League in May – making seven signings which include Mawson and Mitrovic.

Mitrovic scored 12 goals in 17 appearances in the Championship last season

The defender completed his £20million move to Craven Cottage last week but admitted to being impressed by what he’s seen of the Serbian already.

Mitrovic joined the Cottagers on a permanent deal from Newcastle after a successful loan spell during the second half of last season while Fulham were vying for promotion from the Championship.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Jim White, Mawson said: “He [Mitrovic] is a big man! He’s 23-years-old and built like an absolute body builder and is as strong as an ox.

“Against Celta Vigo on Saturday their centre-half has looked to go tight on him, but he’s thrown the defender off the ball and wrapped one in from about 25 yards.

Mawson was also excited about what Schurrle has to offer

“It’s always good to have that because this club is renowned for its ball playing ability but to have a target man like him will be crucial this season.”

Mawson also sung the praises of Andre Schurrle – who joined the club on a two-year loan deal from Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer.

And Mawson claimed that the team are expecting a lot from him but was confident the German would thrive off that.

Mawson added: “Schurrle obviously speaks for himself. He’s a World Cup winner and has played at some top top clubs.

“He’s been in London in his career already and maybe he’s made a decision to come to a club that is more suited to him.

“We’re expecting a lot from him and he’s going to thrive off that.”