Stevan Jovetic has been a star since his early days.
A boy wonder in his native country of Montenegro (and other former Yugoslavian nations), Jovetic impressed in the youth system of Montenegrin club Mladost Podgorica, and soon moved to Belgrade and joined Serbian club FK Partizan (or simply Partizan).
He quickly progressed through the youth ranks and soon found himself at professional level. Jovetic made his professional debut in 2006 at the age of 16. A year later he would score his first hat-trick, and at 18 became Partizan’s captian.
The young forward began to catch the eye of many teams in Europe, including Manchester City. Sky Sports reported back in 2007 City were very interested in the 17-year-old, but weren’t willing to pay the £7+million price the Serbian club put on him.
However, in 2008, Italian Serie A side Fiorentina were able to strike a deal worth about £8m. Jovetic really came into his own during his six-year spell with Fiorentina; not only scoring, but bringing creativity, linking up play, and creating scoring opportunities.
Manchester City made a big effort to sign the very talented 23-year-old a year ago, but weren’t able to land him. Even though the 2012-2013 season was not Jovetic's best, many top clubs wanted him.
Also, due to the arrival of German international Mario Gomez, Fiorentina were more willing to let him go. City were able to fight off interest from Arsenal and Manchester United and clinch a deal for Jovetic, rumored to be worth around £22m.
Jovetic will bring a unique playing style to Manchester City. He can play as a striker, but is better in the number 10 role. Along with scoring (40 goals in 134 games), he displayed a wonderful play making ability at Fiorentina.
He has very good dribbling and passing skills, which make him a lethal play-maker and an all-around good deep lying forward. He is able to read the game extremely well for a player of his age, he easily executes killer balls and has an easy time beating the offside trap.
Even though Jovetic is extremely talented, I don’t think he will start every game. If manager Manuel Pellegrini uses his one striker system, then I would assume Argentine Sergio Aguero would take care of the deep lying forward duties. But when Jovetic does play he will be a joy to watch and success on the field.
Jovetic is a wonderful all-round attacker that still has extremely high potential. At 23, he is far wiser than his years. If he is able to progress the same way he did at Partizan and Fiorentina, he has a good chance of becoming one of the best players in the world. The 23-year-old certainly has a big future ahead of him, and hopefully he can succeed in a sky blue shirt.
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