It has certainly taken a while, but Manchester City‘s fourth striker in the pecking order, Stevan Jovetic, has finally scored in the Premier League by netting against a hapless Tottenham Hotspur team in the match at White Hart Lane. Argentine striker Sergio Aguero‘s hamstring injury and Spaniard Alvaro Negredo‘s shoulder injury, from which he has subsequently recovered but did not come off the bench to feature against the Spurs, seem to have benefited the Montenegrin hit-man the most as Manuel Pellegrini decided to send him on at the stroke of half-time when Aguero hobbled off.
Jovetic has had a tough time at his new club, after his transfer from Serie A team Fiorentina before the start of the season, due to a host of injuries and has also subsequently suffered from Pellegrini’s displeasure and impatience frequently.
The player returning to first team action could not have come at a better time with his team poised to contest in a string of crucial encounters around the corner and Aguero’s month long absence confirmed. It would be interesting to see how City reacts if Jovetic is given the playing time he deserves but ends up not scoring as consistently as desired.
City’s immense wealth and the high standards they have set on the pitch this season mean that it would be highly unlikely for the player to be retained in the squad beyond the season if the above scenario does occur.
With Negredo and Edin Dzeko proving to be too hot to handle themselves, Jovetic’s playing time might surely be limited, but given his talent, there is a chance that Pellegrini might overlook Dzeko in favor of the young star. Jovetic still has a long way to go in establishing himself at the Etihad and needs to grab every opportunity given to him to keep Pellegrini convinced of his quality. A fall in production will only lead to another set of unfavorable decisions that might disrupt the player’s progress again.