Fulham Is Back in the Premier League. Staying? That’s Harder.

Fulham has made a habit of bouncing in and out of the world’s richest soccer competition in recent years. Is there a business model in being almost good enough?

LONDON — The thing about Aleksandar Mitrovic is that he is not just a striker, barrel-chested and shaven-headed and keen-eyed. He is not simply a Serbian international, a fairly constant presence for his country for the better part of a decade. Nor is he merely something of a national hero, scorer of the goal that sent his country to the World Cup.

He is also, it turns out, an existential question.

Rafael Benítez, one of Mitrovic’s long line of former managers, has been

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