Ciao Juventus Amanti!
The Lega Calcio Serie A 2012/13 season was wrapped weeks ago with our beloved Juventus crowned as the champion. However, next season will be much tougher than ever so that the management must strengthen the team to challenge not only in Serie A but also in the UEFA Champions League. 1 (one) of the many ways to build stronger team is by buying proven players. By the look of 2012/13 season performance, Juventus still have many rooms to improve.
Eventhough the transfer window for 2013/14 season will just be formally open on 1 July 2013, the rumours blown by Italian media have already been hotter and hotter every weeks and even days. One of such rumours is on the potential transfer of some attackers to Juventus. Jovetić, Higuain and Tevez are the names which have been coming out as the list of strikers that Juventus (management) want for months. I will try to sumarize the profile, performance statistics and the latest news (as per the date of this article) of such 3 (three) big names. Many information from variant sources such as wikipedia, goal.com, uefa.com, etc were taken in preparing this article.
Stevan Jovetić or also known as Jojo was born on 2 November 1989 (23 years old) in Titograd, Montenegro. Having height of 183 cm and weight of 76 Kg which makes him big enough to play as a Fantasista (usually deployed just behind the striker(s) in a role that was given free reign but more often than not adopting central positions).
His weapons are good technique, first touch control, dribbling skills and often provide ‘one-two’ movement with the team mate. Has a great vision and a supreme sense of awareness and ability to inspire the team. Ingenious with both scoring and creating goals. As an ice-cool finisher, Jovetic almost always collected the highest scoring chart for their team and provided a lot of assists each season.
On 9 April 2006, at the age of 16, he made his senior debut for FK Partizan under head coach Jürgen Röber during a league match against FK Voždovac. He became Partizan’s club captain at age 18 in January 2008, after former captain Antonio Rukaniva was sold to Borussia Dortmund. This made him Partizan’s youngest captain ever, surpassing club legend Albert Nađ, who became captain at age 19.
On 10 May 2008, Serie A club Fiorentina signed him for a reported fee of £8 million. He scored his first goal for La Viola in the league match against Atalanta from the penalty spot on 5 April 2009. Furthermore, Jovetic started the 2009/10 season with a goal against Sporting Clube de Portugal in a 1–1 return leg draw at Stadio Artemio Franchi which gave Fiorentina their entrance into the Champions League group stages.
Jovetić scored both goals in a 2–0 victory over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions Leaguegroup stage. On 9 March 2010, Jovetić scored two goals in Fiorentina’s 3–2 win over Bayern Munich. The club lost, however, on away goals. Those performances gave us assurance that Jovetić is a big game player who is very decisive.
At this young age, he has also been playing with the Montenegro National team along with his idol, Mirko Vučinić. Below are the appearance and goal statistics in League, UEFA Champions League and Domestic Cup of Stevan Jovetić:
Partizan (Season 2005/06 – 2007/08)
Total appearances: 61
Total goals: 23
Fiorentina (Season 2008/09 – 2012/13)
Total appearances: 134
Total goals: 40
Total assists: 16
From abovementioned statistics, it looks not very well-achieved. However, we have to understand first that Stevan Jovetić has been collecting such statistics since he was just 16 (sixteen) years old. Even he is only 23 (twenty three) years old, currently. I have faith that with his big talent, he can do a lot better when he joins a bigger club like Juventus for instance. Assuming that the club provides better training facilities, better coachs, better physios and of course better team mates.
1 (one) matter that must be considered before sign him, i.e. his injury prone. During pre-season training for the 2010/11 season, he suffered an injury to his cruciate ligament in his right knee which eventually saw him out for the whole season. Although Jovetić returned from injury in fine form in the 2011/12 season, scoring a double in a 3–0 win over Parma, he severaly missed more than 1 (one) game in a season because of injuries.
Bringing Jovetić to Turin is not easy. There is an ‘unromantic’ relationship between Juventus and Fiorentina in term of historical background. Nevertheless, the 2 (two) clubs had several businesses done in the past. Meaning, if the price is right, Juventus can lure away Jovetić from Fiorentina. Problem is, his price tag is not cheap. € 30 (thirty) million is the release clause of him and Fiorentina seems do not want to lower such price or even make a deal by accepting 1 (one) or 2 (two) Juventus player in exchange.
I personally think that € 30 (thirty) million is overpriced for a player with injury prone and has non-outstanding goals and assists statistics. I wish Juventus can ‘only’ splash an € 18 (eighteen) million cash plus Quagliarella and a half of Marrone to use the service of Jovetić at the Juventus Stadium.
A partnership with Fernando Llorente, a Spanish International striker who was already signed on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao with Jovetić will be very awesome. Llorente is 1 (one) of the best Target Man striker in the Europe at the moment and as explained above, Jovetić is a very fantastic Fantasista who can offer his partner a lot of assists.
Wait for the next review on another Juventus target striker, Gonzalo Higuain!
Vedervi and Arrivederci!