Standard Liege striker Milan Jovanovic has been the subject of prolonged speculation regarding his future in Belgium, with clubs such as AC Milan, Everton and Aston Villa all monitoring the striker’s form. He recently admitted that Liverpool are very much interested in his services.
Jovanovic confirmed, “News that I have already said yes to AC Milan are not correct,” Jovanovic said. “I am still waiting, I haven’t decided. Also because AC Milan are not the only club interested in me. There is also Liverpool and another big European club. I repeat – my options are still very open.”
He is available on a free transfer at the end of the season and can currently sign a pre-contract agreement with a club, but what do we know about Milan Jovanovic? And why are the aforementioned clubs interested in the Serbian international?
Starting off his career in 1999 with Serbian side Vojvodina, he managed 10 goals in 43 games and his performances caught the eye of Shakhtar Donetsk who purchased the player in 2003. This was not a move that worked out for the big Serbian as He soon picked up a serious injury and was out for almost a year, he managed only 6 games during his time in Ukraine before being shipped off to Lokomotiv Moscow. Injury again hampered his settling in at the club and he played even less, only 3 times. But he did win the Russian League in 2004 while at Lokomotiv, so it wasn’t a complete disaster.
Once recovered from injury he failed to break into the Lokomotiv first team, so was transferred to Belgian club Standard Liege during 2006. It was in Belgium that his career finally took off. Scoring 24 goals in his first season with Standard he has become a vital cog in the Liege machine over the last 6 years, winning the Belgian championship in 2008 and 2009.
Voted Footballer of the Year in 2008, he is known as ‘the snake’ in Belgium because of his slalom runs between defenders, speed and acceleration. More recently he won the 2009 Golden Shoe award in Belgium as well. Possessing great technique, he was also the second leading passer during the 2006/07 season. He is known to be somewhat of a free-kick specialist, and he has been Liege’s top goal-scorer for the past three seasons.
He is renowned for his fiery temper, so prospective clubs better watch out as he is not one to hold his tongue, of Everton he said, “Everton aren’t a big club. That club I have turned down already,” and don’t expect him to join a French team as he, “hates all French clubs.”
He also fell out with the President of Standard Liege after he refused Jovanovic a transfer last season.
You will be able to see him in action for Serbia in the World Cup and judge for yourself whether you think he will be a success in the Premier League.