On Tuesday, 344 days after being demoted from the Premier League, Fulham earned promotion back to the top division of English football with a 3-0 victory against Preston North End.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice more, while Fabio Carvalho also scored in the triumph, which also marked Marco Silva’s return to the Premier League.
Mitrovic has once again proved himself to be a difference-maker in the EFL Championship, rewriting a record that was just updated this time last year. With four games remaining, the 27-year-old Serbian has now scored seven more goals than Brentford striker Ivan Toney did last season when guiding the Bees to promotion through the playoffs. He has seven assists as well.
Mitrovic has scored 78 goals in 96 outings for Fulham in two and a half Championship seasons. In 64 Premier League games over two seasons, he has 14 goals.
Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool, has played both setup man and striker, scoring 10 goals (the only other Cottager to do so) and assisting 14 others. Wilson will join Fulham on a permanent basis this summer, according to the loan arrangement.
The left-back Antonee Robinson stayed with Fulham despite their relegation last season, won the starting place by making 31 of 41 starts so far, and has earned the right to call himself a Premier League player once again.
Fulham’s recent elevation under former Watford and Everton manager Marco Silva officially confirms their reputation as the modern-day yo-yo club, as each of their previous five seasons has culminated in either promotion to the Premier League (2018, 2020, and 2022) or relegation to the Championship (2019 and 2021).
The crucial difference in achieving promotion is Fulham’s domination in the second tier this season. The Cottagers currently have a nine-point advantage over second-placed Bournemouth, who have played one less game. Fulham will be crowned second-tier champions for the first time since 2001 unless they suffer an inconceivable collapse after completing goal number one.