Where Will Luka Jovic Fit In At Real Madrid?5 min read
The news that Real Madrid have agreed a fee of approximately €60 million for the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic hasn’t come as too much of a surprise.
It had been rumoured for weeks, and with Barcelona unable to offer the player guaranteed minutes, the way was clear for Los Blancos to make their move.
A striker with a real eye for goal, his physical attributes are complimentary to a skill set that also includes the ability to drop deep and assist team-mates as required.
In some respects, his style of play is similar to that of Karim Benzema, but the Serbian is less of a traditional number nine than the Frenchman.
Where Benzema prefers to play centrally, Jovic tends to drift over to the left side, but he’ll happily go hunting for the ball if chances present themselves elsewhere on the pitch.
For Eintracht Frankfurt, he was lethal from inside the box with virtually half of his shots on target, and a third from outside the area also finding the target.
Predominantly right-footed, he’s equally adept with his left, and La Liga defenders expecting to put him on his ‘weaker’ foot will find there’s actually no weakness for them to exploit.
A work horse when required, the 21-year-old enjoys the battle, even if that means dropping back into midfield to help carve out chances.
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Yet to be tested at the very top level, naturally there are one or two question marks, but the fearlessness that has defined his game to this point should mean that Jovic answers all of his critics in double-quick time.
His hire also follows a pattern of buying younger, hungrier players. Something that Florentino Perez has sought to implement over the recent past.
It can’t be forgotten of course that Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz will want to have bigger roles at the club in 2019/20, and Rodrygo Goes will also be joining from Santos.
Along with Benzema, the quintet of strikers that Real will have at their disposal will be tough to improve upon.
Where Jovic has the edge on Vinicius, Mariano and Rodrygo, however, is his goal-scoring output. Last season in the Bundesliga, he managed 27 and also delivered seven assists.
If there’s one thing that Los Blancos need from the get-go next season, it’s a front man alongside Benzema that knows where the goal is.
The Frenchman even went through a period in 2018/19 where he appeared to be the only player finding the net.
With Jovic sharing the load, the pair could well fire Real back into La Liga contention, after finishing the last two seasons 17 and 18 points respectively behind champions Barcelona.