Aleksandar Mitrovic backed to bully Premier League defenders by Dimitar Berbatov

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Dimitar Berbatov has backed Aleksandar Mitrovic to impress in the Premier League.

The former Manchester United striker has praised the 25-year-old forward for firing Fulham to promotion from the Championship – and backed him to be full of confidence ahead of the new campaign.

Berbatov, who scored 15 goals in his only full season for the club after leaving Old Trafford in 2012, has also praised the work done by his former team-mate at Craven Cottage, Scott Parker.

The 39-year-old has additionally revealed that he visited his former club before the pandemic forced the nation to a standstill – before urging them to be wary in the transfer market.

Betfair Ambassador Berbatov told Daily Star Sport of Mitrovic: “There was a lot on his shoulders last season. It is a great achievement for him and it would have boosted his confidence."

The former Newcastle striker managed 26 Championship goals in 41 appearances as Fulham saw off the challenge of Brentford in the play-off final, having found the back of the net 11 times in the previous top-flight campaign.

Ex- Tottenham star Berbatov went on to discuss the playing style of the Serbian international, who is known for his physicality inside the box.

He added: “I like Mitrovic because he doesn’t care who he is playing against, he is always bullying defenders.

“He is strong and powerful in the air and hopefully Fulham can utilise fast players around him so they can give him the ball in the penalty area so he can bully the defenders and score.”

Parker was initially appointed as caretaker manager at Craven Cottage following the dismissal of former Chelsea and Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri in February 2019, who had been brought in to replace 2018 play-off final winner Slavisa Jokanovic.

The former England midfielder failed to avoid the impending relegation, but led Fulham back into the top flight at the first time of asking via a tense Wembley final.

Berbatov said of his former colleague: “I think they have done the toughest thing of all in coming back to the Premier League from the Championship.

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“That was a massive achievement, and now – don’t go back again. This is the first priority. Don’t go back again because that would be a huge disappointment.

“If they can do that, they can build, but so far Scott Parker has done unbelievably well. I was there before the virus to watch them train and I spoke with Scott for little while.

“I wished him luck then and I was so happy to see them come back to the Premier League. Now they need to strengthen their squad – but with the right players.

“The last time they bought so many players but none of them were particularly successful, they were leaking goals so easily. Fix that and they will be okay.”

For more from Betfair Ambassador, Dimitar Berbatov, head to www.betfair.com/berbatov

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