Stevan Jovetic arrived a little under a year ago at Manchester City, however that has not stopped big European clubs such as Inter Milan considering a move to tempt the player away from the Etihad.
After a first season plighted by injuries, questions have been asked about Jovetic's role in Manchester City's star-studded squad. The question therefore lies at whether City are best holding on to the striker, or selling him for a fee around £20 million.
Jovetic arrived at City with a glowing reputation in Italy, where he is still highly rated. It only takes a quick youtube search for Jovetic to demonstrate his ability in not only scoring goals, but creating them as well.
The tricky forward, who has shown glimpses of his ability throughout the season, has scored 6 goals for City, including a double against Wigan Athletic, despite only making a handful of appearances for the club. Jovetic's international record is further impressive, with 10 goals in 27 games, highlighting the Montenegrin's talent.
It is stats such as these which have made City fans slightly optimistic about his role in the club, optimism which is shared by City manager Manuel Pellegrini. The signs would therefore suggest that the club are in no rush to sell a player they signed only a year ago.
Jovetic's age further cements the argument that City should hold on to the striker. At only 24, Jovetic has many years ahead of himself and is likely to improve, alike his performances for City over the past season. Jovetic will only get better and it therefore seems plausible for the club to keep hold of him as not only one for the present, but also the future.
Critics of the Montenegrin will point to the plethora of striking options at the club, which have led to the tag that Jovetic is the club's "fourth choice striker." However, such critics fail to recognise that Jovetic is a different type of striker from those at the club, more in the mould of former striker Carlos Tevez, than the target figures of Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo or the brilliant Sergio Aguero.
Jovetic plays more off the central striker, and is further capable of playing in any of the three positions behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation. This was why City bought Jovetic, to accompany any of the other three strikers up top, rather than to replace them when needed.
Jovetic is also capable of playing as the lone striker, as shown in his former Fiorentina days which were successful enough to earn him a big money move to Manchester. Jovetic's ability to do this, coupled with the reported departure of Alvaro Negredo, would suggest that Jovetic is a valuable addition to the squad's forward line and offers something different from the other strikers at the club.
City's financial restrictions, imposed by UEFA, would also indicate that the club ought to hold on to the striker. Likely to bring in a fee of around £15-20 million, the club would have to reinvest such funds into another striker in order to comply with UEFAs regulations, and in the current market, such a figure is highly unlikely to bring in an upgrade to the Montenegrin.
Manchester City should therefore keep hold of Stevan Jovetic, whose undisputed talent and potential will make him a value asset to City's strike-force in not only the present, but also the future. In Jovetic, City have a player who can cause defences a problem and will certainly help them compete on all 4 fronts in the 2014/2015 system.
It is therefore proposed that the club ought to veer away from selling the player, who is one that will excite Manchester City fans for many years to come.
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