The summer of 2013 was expected to see Manchester City assemble a strike-force the envy of the Premier League. Not content with already possessing Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, in came Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic. But now, over 18 months later, Jovetic’s time in English football may be drawing to a close.
It just has not quite worked out for Manuel Pellegrini’s first frontline recruits. Negredo was shipped out to Valencia in the summer after enduring a torrid second half of the season last term, whilst the Montenegrin forward is likely to head to Juventus after failing to replicate the form that made him so electric at Fiorentina.
Jovetic was signed as a replacement for Carlos Tevez, who ironically may be the player he replaces in Turin if the Argentinean maintains his reluctant stance to sign a new contract with the current Serie A champions.
But whilst the former Manchester United and West Ham forward promised gluts of goals and an admirable energy, his replacement has cut a forlorn and isolated figure ever since his summer move. Injuries have not helped his cause, but with just 11 goals to his name in over 18 months’ worth of football the statistics make for very grim reading.
Then there is Aguero, whose label as undisputed talisman makes him a certain pick for almost every game. Only when the inevitable injuries take their toll are the likes of Jovetic and Dzeko afforded a starting berth, with the imminent arrival of Wilfried Bony from Swansea City only serving to increase the competition for places.
The Ivorian is expected to seal a £30million move in the coming days, in a transfer that could be the final nail in the coffin for Jovetic’s torrid time in English football.
Massimiliano Allegri has expressed his desire for Tevez to sign a new contract at the club, but with the lure of a return to his homeland with first flame Boca Juniors in the offing then the Italian may soon be on the lookout for a new talisman.
They have been linked with a sensational move for Radamel Falcao, but much may depend on whether or not United opt to make his stay at Old Trafford permanent. With just three goals in a red shirt so far, he reportedly has until April to show his worth or risk being returned to parent club Monaco.
Failing that, then Jovetic is the obvious choice. Bony’s arrival will only thrust him further towards the exit door and, if the Italian club can get him fit and firing, then they could reap the rewards as a result.