Stevan Jovetic: Why Arsenal Should Sign The Montenegrin Messi
Stevan Jovetic has come a long way since arriving in Italy five years ago as a scrawny-looking teenager with a shaggy perm and a homely girlfriend in tow.
Little by little they have all been shorn, to be replaced with the finely-honed physique of a top-class athlete to which a hot babe has been wrapped around all summer.
From promising talent to Renaissance dandy, all that is missing is a suitable club where he can really show off his rapier-like skills. Fiorentina invested a mere €8m in the then 18-year-old in 2008, with the endorsement of fellow Montenegrin Dejan Savicevic ringing in his ears.
“He has got it all and he is set for greatness,” claimed the former AC Milan playmaker, who lived up to similar expectations when he arrived in Italy to earn the nickname “The Genius”.
From captaining Partizan at 17 to this close-season of fevered speculation on his next destination, young Stev has seen and been through plenty in the game to feel that his moment has arrived: there was the brace of goals that tore Liverpool apart in the Champions League in his second season in the Renaissance city, a lost year on the sidelines when he ruptured knee ligaments in pre-season training ahead of the 2010-11 campaign and then a return to a struggling side where he was forced to carry a rag-tag outfit on those ever-developing shoulders
Such trials and tribulations can only add weight to his self-belief but what has remained constant throughout his stay in Serie A has been his natural confidence and joie de vivre when on the ball.
There has been no better sight than the rangy youth starting off on a solo run from out wide to cut his way through the midfield and carve up the defence. Unfortunately, of late, he has not had the talent around him to finish off silky dribbles.
So Jo-Jo has to go-go and Fiorentina, for all their protestations to the contrary, are resigned to bidding farewell to the star asset whose buy-out clause on a contract that runs until 2017 is a cool €30m.
Capable of playing upfront or in a free role behind a main target-man to enable his side to play a style more expansive to make an impression both domestically and in Europe. With Arsenal lacking that killer instinct in attack this season, Jovetic could be the man to take them to the next level.
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