GdS: Jovic continues to underwhelm from the start – the two faces of the Serbian

By Euan Burns -

Luka Jovic has continued his very curious run of being useful from the bench, cut seemingly ineffective on the rare occasions where he starts a match for AC Milan.

As pointed out by La Gazzetta dello Sport, there are two sides to Jovic’s game and it is something he needs to address if he is to have a long-term future at the club.

Jovic started the most recent match at home against Empoli and it was a golden opportunity for him to show what he can do, but he did not get a single shot on target in the 73 minutes that he played, before being replaced by Olivier Giroud.

He has started six games for Milan in Serie A this season, getting a goal and an assist against Frosinone. In the other five, he has not made an impact, which is a serious concern. The games were against the aforementioned Frosinone, and then Genoa, Udinese, Fiorentina, Monza and Empoli.

From the bench, though, he has done exactly what Milan signed him to do. He has four goals from the bench, one every 18 minutes.

Whilst that is to be praised, it may not be enough to secure a new deal with Milan for next season or beyond.

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  1. It doesnt really matter that much if he performs “underwhelming” from the start because he wasnt brought into be a starter and considering ac milan is apparently in the market to get a marquee signing up front jovic is well beyond adequate to be a substitute for us, Obviously it would be nice if his game as a starter were to be improved but if we look at the previous match its not like he got much service either. If milan were to not to extend his stay i would seriously question the mental capabilities of this management.

  2. Actually renew him. Especially if Giroud won’t extend the contract.

    If both Giroud and Jovic leave, it will leave two spots for Striker – do we need to buy 2 striker next season? Or will we use Colombo, the one who can’t nail down a starting spot at Monza?

    Imo it’s better to keep Jovic as back up for the striker we will supposedly buy next summer. And maybe it will be somewhat like CDK? He comes at the end of transfer window, no summer preparations at all – I’m more leaning toward giving him a chance for one more season. Maybe that’s what he need.

    1. Ideally I would actually keep both of them if possible as it would also give time to the new acquisition to settle in and lessen the instant pressure from joining us on a fairly high fee, Then maybe in a years time bring back colombo or maybe acquire a new striker at that point. Milan would have a fantastic competitive trident of strikers if we were to be able to keep the two we got and maybe add sesko or someone like Gimenez if at all feasible.

      1. A agree that Milan should try to keep both Giroud and Jovic. Milan do not have funds to buy a top, experienced striker. At the best scenario a top talent will come who will need a year or so to settle. After a year Giroud can go, and Camarda can be gradually integrated without pressure. Then Milan could have two young talents and Jovic as backup.

        1. Yeah absolutely and giroud has played 2526 minutes equating to 28 full matches and still has 14 goals and 9 assists combined over all tournaments played. That will be tough to beat for any new aquisition so it would make sense that we do what we can to keep him. Jovic’s numbers are also rather impressive compared to minutes played which equates to roughly 11 matches played with 8 goals scored and 1 assist. Camarda will indeed also get promoted to the first team in a year or something even though he might get a few minutes here and there in the next one.

  3. Jovic is one of the dumbest striker signings at Milan. Throughout his career he has demonstrated that he plays better in a 2 striker system not as a lone striker.

    He scores more goals off the bench because Giroud is on the pitch playing off of him.

    It would be a bad mistake if Milan sign him. He is not the best center forward to play as a lone striker.

    It blows my mind that Milan management and Pioli can’t see this obvious fact. Okafor is a better sub for giroud as he can play in a lone striker formation.

    1. “It would be a bad mistake if Milan sign him. He is not the best center forward to play as a lone striker. ”

      Nope. The mistake is Pioli who refuses to play with 2 strikers. Get a better coach and keep both Giroud AND Jovic. Also bring in the new guy and we’ll have the trident for the next season.

  4. It’s because Jovic is a second striker, not a no.9. He plays best when he plays off of Giroud or someone else. In other words, he’s not the right signing for us.

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