Inter have picked up Stevan Jovetic from Manchester City on an 18-month loan deal in a late mercato move.
Making his debut against Galatasaray earlier this week, Jovetic will wear the nerazzurro jersey for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. During his two-year spell at Manchester City, the twenty five-year old was hit with injuries so often that the Club and City coach, Manuel Pellegrini, eventually lost their patience.
The Montenegrin international had 44 appearances and only tallied 11 goals during his time with Man City. Jovetic simply wasn’t a fit in Manchester. Fans easily lost their patience with him, whether he was off the field due to injury, or on the field and struggled to make the starting line-up.
Full Name: Stevan Jovetic
Age: November 2, 1989 (25 years old)
National Team: Montenegro
At his first club, FK Partizan in the Serbian league, Jovetic was the teams’ youngest ever captain at only 17 years of age at the time. Then moving to Fiorentina in 2008, Cesare Prandelli coached the forward, comparing him to the iconic Francesco Totti. In his second season with la viola, the Montenegrin was scoring decisive goals, including a brace against Liverpool during the Champions’ League group stages. Later that year, Stevan scored another two goals in a 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich, although they eventually were eliminated from European competition due to away goals. Jovetic’s form at Fiorentina was certainly his best, scoring 40 goals and tallying 24 assists in 134 appearances.
With his prior experience in Serie A, Jovetic is certainly familiar with Italian competition and it’s clear he is ready to play consistent minutes with Inter. He is a true number 10 player and his passing ability is one of his greatest strengths. The former Fiorentina man can also dribble well and shoot from distance. If Inter fans can see his qualities come to life on the pitch, they can expect Mauro Icardi to play in the number 9 position and witness the two create some offensive magic together. Jovetic can finally be the high-pressing trequartista role that Mancini has wanted in his line-up. We saw at Fiorentina that he plays well as a secondary striker, creating space in the attacking third in the field and not being afraid to shoot around the 18-yard line.
If he can remain healthy, injury-free and in form, Inter may soon be reaping the benefits from Jovetic that Manchester City were too impatient to hold onto.