Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that Stevan Jovetic can step up to fill the void left by Samir Nasri following his injury.
The French playmaker looks set for another month on the sidelines due to a problem sustained against Newcastle, which had promoted talk of a potential new arrival before Friday’s transfer deadline.
But, Pellegrini hopes Jovetic – a forward by trade – can drop into the position and prove his worth after a difficult opening few months to his career at the Etihad Stadium:
“He’s a mix. He’s not absolutely a attacker, he can be a midfielder. He played a lot of games for Fiorentina behind the striker or on the left wing,” He is quoted by The Metro.
“He can replace Samir Nasri or Sergio Aguero. He has both things and that’s very important for the team.
“The idea was to give Jovetic 45 minutes [against Watford] but it was more important to win the game rather than thinking about individual players. But I think the 30-35 minutes he played he did very well.”
Jovetic only arrived at City from Fiorentina over the summer in a big money deal, but he has struggled to establish himself due to a series of niggling injuries.
However, he is thought to be fully fit and could play a pivotal role as the Sky Blues hunt down table-topping Arsenal.