The forgotten men of the Premier League might not warrant too much of your pity as they ride the bench and treatment rooms of their respective clubs, earning money we can only dream of, but there’s more to a great under-appreciated star than their wages, and in our summer series Like a New Signing, we’re picking the players we believe can find the gear they failed to in the 2013/14 season, whatever the reason.
As the summer transfer window starts to take shape Manchester City have been unsurprisingly busy as they move swiftly to strengthen key areas in their attempt to maintain their place at the top of the English football league ladder. The likes of Fernando and Bacary Sagna show that Manuel Pellegrini is focused on bringing in strength and depth to his already dominant squad, not the most exciting approach to an open window, but a frugal one, besides, in Stevan Jovetic, Pellegrini may have a new signing waiting to hit the ground running.
At £24million Steven Jovetic was a stellar signing for Manchester City in 2013, one which drew much praise and envy, depending on which side of the fence you sit. The former Fiorentina forward earned himself a massive amount of praise during his five years in the Serie A and was a man in demand by the time it became clear that he had outgrown the Italian first division, Arsenal and Real Madrid among those declaring interest in the 24 year old Montenegro forward.
Jovetic suffered a fairly torrid time in his first season at the Etihad, hampered by injury and fierce competition, the young striker has found himself on the outside looking in on the successful 2013/14 season. Featuring in just 13 games last season and scoring only three goals, Stevan Jovetic was something of a side show in the Manchester City side that eventually reclaimed the Premier League crown, however, with a run of form and good luck with injuries Manchester City fans and Premier League advocates could see the Montenegrin recapture the kind of form which drew such high demand last summer.
With stiff competition from Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and the most recent, unfortunate addition to the treatment room, Alvaro Negredo, it’s no surprise that Stevan has found it difficult to break into the first team and stake his claim at City, however, with a new season on the horizon, a fresh chance presents itself to Stevan Jovetic and if taken, we could be looking at a real force in the Barclays Premier League.
In pure technical ability, you would be hard pressed to find a forward on par with Stevan Jovetic, a player of such height and physical dominance as Man City favorite Edin Dzeko, combined with the delicate footwork and creativity more akin to teammate Sergio Aguero, Jovetic has a lot going for him. Often compared to legendary forward Roberto Baggio earlier in his career, Stevan Jovetic has the capability to elevate the already very dominant Manchester City side to a level that could see them compete for European glory, as well as they do domestic, an issue that weighs heavy with the Etihad faithful and staff I’m sure.
Words by Ben Fawcett