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.