“I like the Premier League. It’s easier to play there than in Italy, where there is little space,” were the unfathomable words that dribbled out of the mouth of Manchester City mega flop Stevan Jovetic, who has since crumbled into obscurity.
Goodness. Gracious. Me. We’ve come across some truly questionable things in our time but this one just about takes the biscuit as the most bizarre, inconceivable, unsubstantiated load of tosh (insert any expletive you see fit) we’ve ever had the misfortune of laying our eyes upon.
Once touted as the next big thing to burst onto the scene, the Montenegro international failed miserably to reach the heights that were expected of him. There were pockets of truly special moments, we admit, but these episodes were generally marred by extended periods on the sideline which would subsequently thrust him into temporary spells of absolute anonymity amongst fans.
Finally, after two painful years of hot and cold performances in Manchester, Jovetic made his return to Italy, Inter Milan the suitors.
Despite his outlandish statement, in which he also claimed Manuel Pellegrini didn’t use him properly (always someone else’s fault), Jovetic would continue to flop in his new surroundings, managing just seven goals in 33 games. According to him though, this will have been because he was playing in a more challenging competition.
Not sure we’re buying it.
Nor were I Nerazzurri who disposed of him two years later first to Sevilla on a temporary deal, before Monaco eventually secured his services in the summer of 2017.
Admittedly the forward’s record is looking a little sharper in France and Ligue 1, having netted 12 times in 31 all competitions.
However, we’d have to argue that, with Monaco struggling to replicate their previous success – which has seen them spend long periods of time flirting with relegation, in what is one of the least regarded competitions in European football – his efforts, though improved, are somewhat insignificant. A bit like him really.
After all, until now, when was the last time you heard anything about Steven Jovetic?
Manchester City fans, what are your standout memories of Jovetic? Let us know in the comments section below…
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