The Jovic that Serbia enjoyed during this international break does resemble the striker who attracted the eyes of half of Europe with Eintracht and for whom Madrid paid 60 million euros a year and a half ago. The striker has taken advantage of the three games with his team to display all his virtues and rescue his scoring nose. He has scored three goals (one against Scotland and two against Russia) and has also left an assist and a huge presence in the game all over the field. In the third match, he intervened in the five goals from the hand that the Balkans endorsed against Serbia in Belgrade. In 7 days Jovic has scored more goals than in his entire stage at Real Madrid, where he has scored two goals in 15 months.
Jovic, 22, He went to the call of his selection after having played only 7 minutes in the last 5 games with Real Madrid. They were in Mestalla and third course. When Benzema was injured minutes before, Zidane opted to bring Mariano in before the Balkan, who did not take advantage of his previous opportunities against Cádiz (12 ‘) and Shakhtar (59’ as a starter). After the match against the Ukrainians, the coach claimed his signing. “I asked Jovic,” Zizou claimed at a press conference, but his words were not transferred to the pitch.
Jovic’s numbers this season
|STATISTICS EVERY 90 MINUTES OF GAME|
|Shots on goal||0.87||1.97|
|Aerial duels won||1.30||3.66|
Sources: Own elaboration based on data from Opta and SofaScore.
The three calls of his selection have been a balm for Jovic. In the first place, because they have served to rehabilitate him after the controversy he starred in last season with his coach, Ljubisa Tumbakovic, who temporarily separated him from the national team. Jovic returned in the September break, but did not play a single minute; in October he played 90 minutes against Hungary in which he was discreet and in this last window he has taken off.
Jovic’s statistics in the three matches of the break
|Shots on goal||1||2||4|
|Aerial duels won||3||5||4|
His numbers in the three games he has played are ostensibly better than those recorded for Madrid in all sections: goals, assists, shots, passes, duels, dribbles … A striker who is worth the € 60 million that Madrid paid for him (his market value has depreciated almost 60% since his signing, to € 25 million, according to Transfermarkt). Now he has to show it with the white shirt.