Tuesday August 21 2012
Give Jovetic a leading role

Why are Fiorentina looking for a new centre-forward on the transfer market? David Swan urges them to trust Stevan Jovetic.

Fiorentina mean business this season. They have spent a reasonable sum of money on Gonzalo Rodriguez to improve their defence, and there has been even heavier investment in midfield with close to €20m paid for quality players. Now they are looking to one final purchase for a forward to spearhead their attack.

Except the player they are scouring the market for is sitting within their squad – a certain Stevan Jovetic. The Montenegrin has spent large parts of his career in Tuscany playing as a second striker, or out wide in a 4-3-3, and despite having spent time leading the line does not seem to have shaken off that positional label.

He is a far more complete forward than that and deserves to be recognised as such. His scoring record last season – 14 goals in 27 League appearances – suggests he is more than capable of being the primary goalscorer for the team if given the opportunity to do so on a regular basis.

Coach Vincenzo Montella spoke on Friday about “giving him a team for his characteristics,” and with the acquisition of several ball-playing midfielders there is a hint that he wants lots of ball to his feet in between the lines. That theory fits in with their pursuit of a striker, with Mounir El Hamdaoui seemingly not trusted to fill the role even though he impressed in three of the past four seasons in Holland.

But there is no reason why Jovetic cannot thrive in that position, especially with the players behind him. He already has the pace, clever movement and eye for goal you need, and now he has midfielders that can find him. Perhaps more importantly, he has proven he can do it in this League.

Their search looks like it is being conducted overseas, but in a transfer market where they are going to have to pay a lot of money for a guy with a decent pedigree, it seems strange they have not considered an in-house solution with a player that is likely to be better than who they bring in.

In Fiorentina teams gone by, if you moved Jovetic away from positions between the lines the team was left with no-one of sufficient ability to replace him. But that has been partially solved by the arrival of a number of midfielders that can step forward. They already had Adem Ljajic, who played this position in the Coppa Italia tie against Novara on Saturday and who has played there many times before, but now they have Matias Fernandez and Borja Valero – the latter fulfilled this duty at times for West Brom when he was in England – to bridge the quality gap.

None of the aforementioned will probably be as good as Jovetic there, but then he does not have to stand at the top like a prima punta. The role is not too dissimilar to what Giuseppe Rossi did for Italy under Cesare Prandelli, or if you want to take it to a grander scale, Lionel Messi for Barcelona. He can drop deep too and find that space again – with the type of midfielders they have bought this summer that level of interchange might be the better option for the team.

They might still need a striker for depth – after El Hamdaoui there is not a lot of tested options at the top level. But for that purpose they can set their sights much lower, save themselves money, and give Jovetic the leading role he deserves.

Have your say...

When have montella ever played 4-2-3-1?
He has before this summer aleays played 4-3-3 a system he liked as än player aswell.
This summer ge has in most freindlies played 3-5-2 wich in reality more is a 3-4-1-2.
But i really dont think he Will be playing 4-2-3-1 wich he dont got the players fot and dont even likea as this is defencive system and montella Likes a positive football and now also thanks to prade have the players for it.
on the 24th August, 2012 at 4:32pm
Jove playing off Berbatov sounds pretty good to me...
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 1:16am
Simple answer: Montella is a 4231 tactician, 352 might fit the players but i really do not see montella ever throwing his philosophy overboard and play with 3 central defenders. he wants a strong target man type in the striker role in his 4231, type Toni, and as jovetic doesnt fit that description, they are looking for a striker who does.
ps: you can take Boriello any time you want from us ;)
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 11:29pm
Jovetic and Bale are the two players, Juve need to be real Champions League contenders. It will not happen this season but the 2013/2014 would look like this ... if I would have a free wish: 3-4-2-1

(Leali +Branescu)

(Caceres-Masi-Barzagli +Marrone)

(Isla-Pogba-Pirlo-DeCeglie +Asamoah)


(Matri + Gabbiadini)
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 2:25pm
FORZA JUVE!!!! Come on Jovetic make the right decision and join Juve because you will win nothing at Fiorentina.
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 1:27pm
All you that comment he should come to juventus.
That Will never happend he has to much love and respect for Fiorentina.
I Do think della valle have learned from Baggio and wont sell to their fans biggest rival.
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 3:37am

Well if they sell nastasic and jovetic to city they proabably Will be playing 4-3-3 as that Will fit their roster then.
Don't be Sure of a system before 31 of August.


Don't feel Sorry for him he got to much purple in his heart to ever Go to juventus.


Its much bigger and bettet trams and Juventus out there he Will be to Big a fish in Turin to.
Psg paid 42 € millions for pastore and you think Fiorentina should accept 25 from their biggest rivals.
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 2:35am
As a lifetime Fiorentina fan, I hope he can leave from bottom of my heart. I heard Man City is preparing to offer 35M now.
on the 21st August, 2012 at 7:59pm
This article is nonsense. Fiorentina will be playing a 3-5-2 for most of this coming season as it is what best fits their roster. So they need someone to play next to Jovetic. If you can acquire someone like Quagliarella or Berbatov to play next to Jovetic, particularly given the quality in Fiorentina's midfield, why wouldn't you?
on the 21st August, 2012 at 6:18pm
I remember seeing Jovetic against Liverpool during the champions league group stages and he was amazing. He deserves a bigger club but I'm not sure if Juventus is the club for him.

Juventus is looking for a goal poacher like Inzaghi, Crespo & Trezegol & I'm hoping Llorente goes to Man City, so Edin Dzeko is available...
on the 21st August, 2012 at 3:51pm
He should go to the biggest club like INTERNAZIONALE, dont come to Juve we have super Quags and the giant Giovinco!
on the 21st August, 2012 at 3:18pm
I feel bad for Jovetic as he's off the market by the club - he has a chance to join one of Europe's youngst and most exciting teams - Juventus, and also play on Europe's finest stage. Sure, next summer he can leave to ManCity, PSG, or Chelsea - but at Juve, he'd have potential to be a legend. Last year Jovetic played some games as a CF, and it wasn't promising. Much more of a SS.
on the 21st August, 2012 at 2:12pm
he is best as a second striker
on the 21st August, 2012 at 12:11pm
I admire his loyalty, but I do not want to offend any viola fans but he will win little at Fiorentina no matter how many goals he nets. He may become a legend there like Batigol and Rui Costa but he really should of took Del Pieros No10 shirt. No matter how much rubbish fans write or even read he is a big fish in a small pond, Juventus are Juventus. This exact sitution reminds me of when Nedved transfered from Lazio to Juventus. Exept the 25 million euros and hand him over.
on the 21st August, 2012 at 11:53am
he should have come to juve and been the front man for a great team leading us to another serie a and playing in the champions league
on the 21st August, 2012 at 11:10am

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