Brighton, for example, kept faith with veteran striker Glenn Murray after his 23 goals played a major part in their elevation to the Premier League for the first time, before then firing 12 goals in the top flight to steer them to safety.
A 17th place finish the following season was followed by 20th place in 2015/16, and after missing out on promotion past year in the play-offs having ended in sixth, Slavisa Jokanovic's side finished the recently completed season in third before overcoming Derby County and now Steve Bruce's Villa.
With Premier League football now in the bag, Fulham will certainly eye a permanent deal for Mitrovic.
Fulham went in front just past the 20 minute mark as Tom Cairney slid the ball beyond Sam Johnstone following a wonderfully weighted, defence-splitting through pass from teen prodigy Ryan Sessegnon. Fulham have been the better and more attractive side all season and, despite a valiant if limited fightback by Villa, they were superior yesterday. I believe what we are doing here is special and I've said for a while that we've been playing Premier League football in the Championship.More news: Burkina Faso resumes ties with China after Taiwan break
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Here are the winners and losers as Fulham complete the set for the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Saturday may be the day of the Champions League final but the financial implications of the second-tier showpiece - worth at least £160 million of additional revenue to the victor - dwarfs the Kiev showpiece.
Fulham has been in the Championship since 2014-15 after being relegated and almost secured an automatic promotion place, only to narrowly miss out to Cardiff City.
After representing his country at u21s level, Targett could even push himself into the reckoning for the senior team with regular Premier League game-time.
"We've shown all season we are one of the most stylish teams in the Championship", said their manager, Slavisa Jokanovic. "But when it is as deliberate as that, he deserves a red card".