‘Summer’s Most Wanted’ – Stevan Jovetic

Stevan Jovetic is one of the hottest commodities in Europe at the moment. The Fiorentina midfield prodigy is excelling this season, both in Serie A and in Europe and his performances have attracted the attention of Europe’s top clubs.

The Brian May wannabe, who probably styles his hair in honour of the Queen legend, is only 20 years old but has established himself as a key player for Fiorentina. Liverpool fans can testify to how good the youngster is, when Jovetic scored both goals in Fiorentina’s victory in the Champions League in September.

Jovetic joined the Viola in 2008 from Partizan Belgrade, where he became Partizan’s youngest ever captain at 18 years old in January 2008. Last season, Jovetic was in and out of the Fiorentina first team and only displaying flashes of brilliance. This campaign has seen Jovetic add consistency to his play and become an important part of the first team at Artemio Franchi. This season, Jovetic has scored 10 goals and provided 7 assists in 31 games for Fiorentina and has been the bright spark in what has been a bad season for the Viola, who are currently in eighth place in Serie A.

So what’s the fuss about Jovetic? He is a hugely gifted playmaker that can play out wide, up front or in central midfield and he is classy, elegant, strong and two footed. Jovetic possesses great technical ability and can pick out a pass that can carve an opposition’s defence open. The youngster can also score as well as create, as he has weighed in with crucial goals this season for Fiorentina, most notably in his brace in the defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last month. Jovetic’s talent has already earned comparisons with Viola legend Roberto Baggio and at 20, the Montenegro international won’t even reach his peak for a few more years.

Jovetic has expressed his desire to play Champions League football regularly after experiencing it with Fiorentina this season. But with the Viola currently five points off a Europa League place in Serie A and 20 points off a Champions League place, it looks like they won’t be playing in Europe at all next season. Jovetic has said that he is happy in Florence, but if he is starved of European competition he might change his mind.

The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all been interested in Jovetic in the last few months. United are in the market for an attacking midfielder and Jovetic could bring extra creativity and goals to Old Trafford and be an excellent successor to Paul Scholes. Arsenal are looking to strengthen their squad and Jovetic is young enough for Wenger to work with and Chelsea could use him in tandem with Frank Lampard and Jovetic could benefit by learning from the England international. Liverpool are rumoured to have sent scouts to watch Jovetic and as money is no object for Man City, they could also make a play for the Fiorentina youngster.

Whatever happens, Premiership clubs better sign him up sooner than later as his value will likely increase as he nears his peak in the next few years. Jovetic has all the attributes and the potential to be a world class midfielder in a few years, so it would be beneficial for a team to snap up “the new Baggio” in the summer, while his value is not astronomically high.

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