Friday, 19 July 2013

Profile: Stevan Jovetić

Montenegrin becomes fourth signing of Pellegrini era

By Aaron Leggott

It was a great end to the week for all involved with Manchester City after both Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetić made the switch from their respective clubs towards the Etihad Stadium today. 

Jovetic poses with his new shirt
Photo: Official MCFC Facebook
Jovetić becomes the second Montenegrin to play for Manchester City after Stefan Savić and the 23 year old will be hoping to make a greater impression than his fellow countryman. 

Below are some basic stats which help delve into the persona of Stevan Jovetić:

Name: Stevan Jovetić 

Age: 23

Position: Striker

Club Appearances: 167

Club Goals: 48

Jovetić burst onto the scene at just 16 - making his senior debut for Partizan Belgrade against Voždovac Belgrade in April 2006. 

His passing ability is one of Jovetić's best traits - and he was heavily linked to moves to the likes of Real Madrid in 2007 - before being appointed as Partizan's club captain at just 18, becoming the youngest skipper in the history of the club.

He eventually moved on to Fiorentina in May 2008 for a reported fee of £8 million. Jovetić enjoyed a successful five year spell for La Viola - consistently producing top class performances for the Italian side.

An injury to his cruiciate ligament in his right knee saw him miss the 2010-11 season, but he came back stronger and managed to grab 13 goals in 25 games last season.

So what are Jovetić's key traits? As a centre forward, Jovetić loves to dribble past his opponents and test the goalkeeper from long range. His pace means he is a constant counter attacking threat, with the Montenegrin often looking to cut inside to shoot from distance.

The interest surrounding Jovetić this summer proves what a good piece of business this was from City - and you can't complain at a price of £22 million. 

Below is a video of Jovetić in action on the pitch - take a look and see how the Montenegrin plays.

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