After an injury hit season last year, Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic will be hoping for better luck with injuries in the upcoming 2014-15 Premier League season. He signed for City in the summer of 2013 amid big expectations, but an injury hit season — where he only made 11 league appearances — robbed him of the opportunity to truly live up to those expectations.
However, after a so far impressive preseason for City, the signs may just be that Jovetic, with a full preseason of training in his legs, could finally be set to make his mark on City and the Premier League. There is little doubting the quality of the player; it is merely his fitness which has been the source of concern and which significantly hindered the Montenegrin in his first season in England.
City head coach, Manuel Pellegrini, will be delighted if he gains a fully fit and in-form Jovetic for the new season, as he adds a different dimension to the team than the other strikers in the current City squad do. Of the alternate main strikers, Sergio Aguero is the best overall and he likes to run the channels and attempt to get in behind the opposition defense, as well as dropping into midfield at times; Alvaro Negrado is a goal scorer who brings hustle, work rate and a physicality to the City attack; and Edin Dzeko is likewise a physical striker who scores plenty of goals and is a threat from all situations.
Most strikers are usually either predominantly scorers or predominantly creators, but Jovetic can really do both in equal measure and he brings a totally different element to the already extremely potent City attack. He’s an eloquent player who links the attack to the midfield so well, and he is the most natural No.10 of the current City strikers. He has quick feet, good vision, a vast passing range and he is a dangerous shooter from long or short range.
Whereas the other three strikers are more likely to try and get in behind a defense, Jovetic is more likely to drop towards the ball instead and try to create. Matching Jovetic with one of the other three strikers, would seem to be the most natural pairing, rather than matching any of the other three with each other, but Jovetic has to stay healthy for that to be a possibility.
Last season, his campaign was wrecked due to his many injuries, and although City still went on to lift the Premier League trophy, there is no doubt that a fully fit Jovetic would now be a huge boost to City and their hopes to retain their crown. The Montenegro man could add so much quality and versatility to the team, and if he does manage to stay fit and healthy from now on, he could well become a vital piece in the City puzzle for the upcoming season.