Ah, Stefan Savic. He was just one of those names that made Manchester City fans recoil when it was announced on the PA system.
Signed from Partizan Belgrade as a 20-year-old star in the making, Savic claimed his move to Manchester and the Premier League was “a dream come true” – a classic line for any player who had little to no knowledge of City before they struck gold (oil). He was big, strong, looked fairly capable on the ball and played way beyond the standards of the Serbian First League. Whatever that’s worth.
Unfortunately, this talent never quite panned out in England, and in the nicest possible way, Savic was an absolute liability in defence and a complete disaster for any side looking to challenge for the Premier League title – which, of course, City were at the time.
Indeed, we would argue that, when Savic alluded to a “dream” what he really meant was the reoccurring nightmares we all have where our pants fall down in front of our old high school class or, better still, where we running in slow motion with severely impaired vision and are being chased by an axe-wielding maniac whilst our teeth falls out.
We say that because, minus the pants situation, that is exactly how the Montenegrin performed. Sluggish and desperately short of quality.
So imagine our surprise when he booked himself a move to Fiorentina in 2012, before transferring to Atletico Madrid three years later – a side famed for their staunch defensive work. It’s not even like he’s a bit part player either. Savic has managed 132 appearances for the club over a period of three seasons, even contributing towards Madrid’s successful Europa League 2018 campaign.
Now valued at £36million (as per Transfermarkt), there is every chance he could replace the outbound Madrid icon Diego Godin as Los Rojiblancos’ starting centre-back.
What a strange old world we live in.
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