Manchester City’s Greed Claiming Youngster’s Promising Career

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Manchester City, the team favored by most to win the Premier League this season, has arguably the best strike-force among the 20 clubs in the top-flight. Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic make a dream quartet that any club would love to have on its squad. Jovetic joined City from Fiorentina this summer after rejecting interest from many other top clubs in Europe but has since taken part in only three League games. He had a dream Capital One Cup debut against Wigan in September by netting a brace and has not played any significant role in his club’s matches after that. Injuries have contributed to limited playing time, but given the talent ahead of him he might otherwise have had little opportunity to establish himself in the starting lineup.

City’s glut of riches meant that they would possess a substantial edge in the transfer market and they had their way in signing players like Negredo, Jovetic and Fernandinho. While Negredo and Fernandinho have established themselves in the club’s starting lineup, Jovetic has found it tough to break in — not that anyone could blame him given the success enjoyed by Aguero, Negredo and Dzeko ahead of him.

Jovetic’s departure from Fiorentina to a bigger club meant that his talent was poised to continue building a promising career and reputation, but signing for City was a blunder – given their squad’s depth – as he is all but forgotten after almost six months of sitting on the sidelines and waiting for a decent opportunity to prove his worth. With City perched firmly in the top four of the League table, going strong in the Champions League – they await Barcelona in the Round of 16 – and Manuel Pellegrini having found a fantastic partner for Aguero in Negredo, Jovetic’s fortunes do not look to be improving anytime soon. Aguero’s absence is not being missed by City at the moment, but Pellegrini would waste no time in slotting him back into the starting 11 once he returns from injury.

It is unfair that a player of Jovetic’s ability does not get a decent opportunity to have an impact on the most exciting league in the planet, and it would be a shame to continue seeing him warm the bench once he is back from injury. Strikers are in premium in the market, and it would bode well for the Montenegrin to force his way out of the Etihad to have a shot at some decent playing time. If signing for City was his first mistake of the season, languishing at the place much further would certainly not be his last.

Chaitanya Goparaju is a Soccer writer for You can follow him on Twitter @chaitanyagvc, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Ryan Brown

    He’s been injured! It’s not a problem of him not being selected. It’s a shame because he’s a huge talent. The way Dzeko plays uninspired half the match Jovetic would definitely feature more if he wasn’t injured. He was supposed to play against Fulham but caught some virus an hour before the game. Then injured his hamstring in the week leading up to the Palace game. I’d prefer him over Dzeko any day!!!

    • Chaitanya Goparaju

      Hi Ryan,

      With Aguero and Negredo in such great form, do you really see Jovetic having a great future as a regular player at City??

  • Joe Doherty

    He’s been injured! That’s no one’s fault, but do you really believe Pellegrini would just not play him???? Furthermore, you clearly haven’t looked at your facts very well as his debut was against Stoke…

    • Chaitanya Goparaju

      Hi Joe,

      I am extremely sorry for getting that fact wrong. I meant to write it as the Capital Once Cup debut encounter. Will have it rectified asap.

      But yes, I do believe Pellegrini might not give him a decent number of opportunities needed to establish himself at City – do you believe that he can upstage Aguero and Negredo if both are not injured and playing well?

      And do you believe that Jovetic will get a decent chance to play regularly in crunch Premier League and Champions League matches against big teams?

  • Paul Maher

    He’s been injured over 90% of the time you muppet – do you actuallt get paid for writing this garbage???

    • Chaitanya Goparaju

      Hi Paul,

      I will ignore your comment about the payment part.

      honestly, if Jovetic was not injured, do you really see him playing
      regularly against teams like Barca, ManU, Liverpool, Arsenal?
      Would he really beat Negredo to the starting lineup?

      And once Aguero is back, he will be back in the starting 11. Do you think Dzeko can be upstaged by Jovetic?

  • Jason Bardwell

    I think if he was fit Pellegrini would prefer him to Dzeko up front. Dzeko partnering Negredo really isn’t ideal and Jovetic would be a better fit for either big men. It is unfortunate that he has been injured but I am assuming if he was bought in by Pellegrini, then there was a plan to play him.

    • Chaitanya Goparaju

      Hi Jason,

      I was a little surprised by Jovetic decided to sign for City. I assumed he was looking for for the riches and the potential for trophies at City. A talent like him should have tried for a club which could guarantee him regular game time. But with Aguero and Negredo up front, that won’t happen for Jovetic.

      City snapped him up to prevent other big teams going for him. It was really clever and it is working. And if he might not be injured, he would surely have featured in the FA Cup, League Cup and maybe as an impact sub in the Champions League.
      But looking at the long term, I don’t see him playing regularly in crunch games. What do you think?

      • Jason Bardwell

        I think if he wasn’t injured then yes he certainly would have been involved in the Cups, Champions League etc. I will go a step further and suggest that with Aguero being injured now that it would be Jovetic and not Dzeko partnering Negredo.
        If he gets fit I would suggest we see him in the League Cup second leg against West Ham. From there it is just a case of proving he can keep fit. If he can then I would suggest that Pellegrini would rotate the front two more than he has. Aguero or Jovetic alongside Negredo or Dzeko. allows City to target all trophies in all competitions but the fact remains that he cannot play if he is not fit.

        • Chaitanya Goparaju

          The second leg against West Ham is a good game for Jovetic to get back to the game after a long layoff but the tempo of the PL is much different. With him missing and not playing regularly in the season so far, I doubt if his fitness levels will allow him to take part successfully with impact in the upcoming PL matches.
          And yes, the rotation thing is a scary prospect for oppositions — certainly allows City to have an advantage in all 4 competitions to the end of the season – I just hope they dont get the opportunity to do that — as an Arsenal fan!