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They Got to the Premier League. Staying? That’s the Hard Part.

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?

After alternating promotions and relegations in their last five seasons, Fulham's players are used to looking over their shoulder.Credit...Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

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.