He was one of the most talented footballers Serie A had seen for years. One could have easily mistaken him for a young pony-tailed playmaker who made his name in the same purple shirt of Fiorentina back in the late Eighties.
His name was Stevan Jovetić and he took the league by storm after his move from F.K. Partizan to La Viola in 2008. His amazing ball control, technical ability and creativity was what set him apart from other players his age, leading many to compare him to The Divine One, Roberto Baggio. “Jo-Jo,” as he came to be known by the Fiorentina faithful, went on to play over 130 matches for La Viola, scoring 40 goals in all competitions. After recovering from cruciate ligament damage that saw him miss out almost the entire 2010-2011 season, Jovetić returned the following year to score 14 goals in 27 matches in the league and played an integral role in the squad’s qualification for the Europa League this term after just missing out on the Champions League on the last day to Milan.
Teams around the world took notice of the young 23-year-old’s amazing potential, and offers came in to Fiorentina headquarters for their Montenegro wunderkind. A substantial offer was finally made by one of the richest clubs in the world, Manchester City. The £22million offer was enough to pry Stevan away from Fiorentina and the youngster was unveiled at City this summer. A sky blue shirt with the number 35 was held aloft by the player on his signing day, a number both he and the City fans hoped would make it on the score sheet many times over the next few years. However things have not exactly gone to plan for Stevan or the City team that spent so much to bring him to England.
The Montenegro footballer has failed thus far to settle in at City. He has made only five appearances for the team (three in the league and two in cup tournaments) and seems more likely to play second fiddle to the Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero tandem that has been so lethal for Manchester City so far this season. Jovetić has missed the last eight matches with a calf problem, and the hopes are that once he shakes off this latest setback, he will once again become an integral part of the team. Despite the poor run of form suffered by Jovetić and the limited playing time so far this term, Manuel Pellegrini insists that the youngster is a part of his plans for the club this season, but will being a super sub be enough to please the same player who was once a 90-minute player in Florence and such an integral piece of the Viola’s success? Regular appearances in the first team is what the player needs and he is too good to become a player only used during cup ties to give rest to regulars like Aguero, Negredo and Edin Džeko. How long will Jovetić wait around to become an integral player for the Manchester City side?