If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably already guessed the player I’m going to talk about. I of course refer to the Montenegrin Maestro of Fiorentina, Stevan Jovetic. Since the 12/13 Serie season kicked off, Jovetic has been in scintillating form, scoring 5 goals in 7 appearances.
Earlier in the year, I wrote a scout report on the Viola frontman, when we were linked with a £30m swoop during the summer transfer window, before news broke of Giroud.
The Viola player boasts a healthy goal return rate for someone of his age – 14 goals in 27 appearances – and impeccable technique. Some of Jovetic’s strongest attributes are his long shots – scoring 4 goals out of 20 from inside the box – , dribbling and composure on the ball. Jovetic is a player with a great amount of confidence in himself, averaging 4.5 shots per game, and having attempted 160 dribbles last season, with a completion average of 43.1%. A great eye for goal is coupled with decent vision for a striker so young, with an average of 39.8 passes per game and 3 total assists this season. While he’s considered by most as a centre-forward in the “Number 10” role, Jovetic is very versatile, showing ability to play as a lone striker, second striker and attacking midfielder.
Since its time of writing, Jovetic’s profile has been raised, seeing links in the press to Manchester City and Arsenal yet again. He’s started the season strongly, so far improving on his performances from last year.
|Avg. Completed Passes p/g||45.6|
|Pass Completion %||79.6%|
|Aerial Duels Won p/g||1.3|
|Key Passes p/g||2|
|Avg. Fouls Inflicted p/g||4|
There isn’t a player like Jovetic currently at Arsenal, and that’s why he’s so appealing. For once in a long time, we lack a designated false 9 in our squad. Many argue that Gervinho is that man, but it’s a new position for him in an Arsenal shirt, and one that isn’t what he’s normally associated with. By bringing in Jovetic, we add versatility to our side, something that’s required to play against various opponents from all over Europe. In the modern game, a squad needs to be able to adapt to their opponent, via change of tactics and personnel.
Jovetic fits Arsène’s requirements of a forward perfectly; fast, skillful and clinical, Jovetic is so close to being the complete package. What he lacks, Giroud and Podolski boast. Jovetic truly is the last piece to the puzzle for a perfect squad, one that can match almost any sign in Europe.