Welcome to All Football Scouting Report, in here we will take you a closer look at world’s promising stars. Currently Bundesliga top scorer Luka Jovic has emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona & Real Madrid. How good is this guy? What can fans expect?
Although still only 21 years old, the Serbian international is attracting interest from a host of top European clubs after excelling in the Bundesliga this season for Eintracht Frankfurt, whilst on loan from Benfica.
Since his debut for the German side in 2017, the former Red Star Belgrade man has averaged better than a goal every two games, with his 22 strikes coming in just 41 appearances.
(Luka Jovic grabs 5 goals in 55 minutes in Frankfurt’s 7-1 win against Fortuna Dusseldorf)
This has led to Barcelona preparing to pull the trigger on his transfer in an attempt to try and solidify their position at the top of La Liga. Real Madrid are also interested in 21-year-old Bundesliga top scorer.
Here’s everything you need to know about Europe’s latest wonderkid.
What sort of player is he?
Despite being only 5ft11, Jovic can depend on his physical prowess to help him in front of goal.
As well as pace, the young Serb has more than been able to hold his own against Bundesliga’s top defenders in terms of strength too.
He has been lethal in the box but has also shown himself to be capable of shooting, and scoring, from range. Early comparisons have compared him to Colombia legend Radamel Falcao, a player Jovic himself admits remains an idol of his.
What are his strengths?
Jović has an excellent first touch and just an overall presence inside the penalty box. He ranks second among Bundesliga attackers for scoring attempts per 90 with 4.82 and fifth for touches in the opposition area on 7.39, which emphasises just what a menace he is for defenders.
His shooting accuracy is a solid 50 per cent and the fact his xG per 90 is 0.38 yet he’s averaging 1.4 goals every 90 minutes, indicates a finisher of genuine quality.
Indeed, his goals this season have a certain theme in their execution: finding space around the penalty spot, with Frankfurt attacking in transition, and then scoring via either one or two touchers.
With the exception of his first against Fortuna Düsseldorf – a Zlatan Ibrahimović-like acrobatic leap and back-heeled volley – all are the sort of goals that are followed by a nodding respect in how well they are taken, rather than being spectacular strikes.
And that is Jović down to a tee. He appears an exceptional efficient striker. Sparing in his involvement in the play outside the box – just 19.6 passes per 90 – once the ball is in the final third, is when he switched on finding his space and angles, capable of scoring with both right and left foot.
He does possess very good acceleration, both in pressing defenders off the ball, and in his willingness to make runs in behind. And although he’s not the talent at 5ft 9ins, his 2.89 aerial duels won is a solid enough figure to show he does compete in the air.
Ultimately, Jović is a striker’s striker. Quick and instinctive with an excellent appreciation of space and inert knowledge of where the goal is.
What can fans expect?
Ruthlessness in front of goal.
In October, at the age of 20, Jovic became the youngest-ever player to score FIVE goals in a Bundesliga game, coming in Frankfurt’s 7-1 win against Fortuna Dusseldorf.
A hat-trick with his left, one with his right and another with his head illustrates the versatility of his game, and his potency in front of goal.
Although there is only one left-foot that rules Barcelona, Jovic has one that will come a close second.
How much will he cost?
According to reports in Germany, the young hitman will cost a pretty penny, with a transfer fee in excess of £70 million being touted as his valuation.
This would make him Barcelona’s 6th biggest transfer of all time, with ex-Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho remaining their record signing, at €135 million.
Is there any competition for his signature?
Real Madrid, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Liverpool are all thought to be rivalling the Spanish champions.
However, recent reports suggest a deal to take him to Camp Nou is all but done, with the player himself having already agreed personal terms.