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Crucial moments for Fiorentina's wonderkid Jovetic

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By Andrew Harding

Monday 11 July 2011

There is always a danger of forgetting players who become injured and miss a season. There is also the danger that a given player in such a situation might forget the talent they have displayed before, never quite reaching the heights shown previously. In the case of Stevan Jovetic, should the talent develop as remembered, then this season could well see the emergence of a new superstar in the world of Calcio.

At the age of 19, Jovetic left behind Partizan Belgrade to join the ranks of Fiorentina. His first season for La Viola was one of personal discovery as he adapted to life in the peninsula, offering glimpses of what was to come and what potential there would be for development. The following season saw him make the expected breakthrough and saw his name mentioned as one of the next great talents in European if not World football. 2010-11 was to be the year his potential would be solidified and his talent developed to the level many had come to expect of the prodigious Montenegrin forward. Unfortunately in pre-season, an injury to the cruciate knee ligaments in his right knee saw the whole campaign taken away from him. Now amid claims by his agent that he is fully fit and raring to go, the hope is that Jovetic can make that leap forward and in turn give his club a much needed boost.

Last season was to all intents and purposes a disappointment for Fiorentina. The part Jovetic’s absence played is of course debatable, but a team will always miss a player of Jovetic’s ability and it was expected that he would have played an integral and indispensable creative role in the plans of Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic. Results-wise at least, his national team have not seemed to greatly miss him. Montenegro have enjoyed a fantastic Euro 2012 campaign and look likely to at least claim a play-off berth if not automatic qualification for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine. With the boost of Jovetic’s return, the likelihood of automatic qualification will be a little further improved.

Like any young player showing considerable promise and talent, comparisons are at a constant with “Montenegrin Messi” and “the next Roberto Baggio” being prime examples. Prior to the injury that took a season off his career, he had displayed vast creative qualities and was linked to Barcelona and Real Madrid to name but two. After having a year out, he will surely be determined to excel in the coming season. The hope will be for no more injuries. For La Viola supporters, as the cliché has it, it will feel like a new signing and with his quality it would be one the club would never be able to obtain on the transfer market in their current situation.

This coming season’s importance for the Montenegrin cannot be underestimated. With players breaking out and achieving star status at increasing younger ages, there is equally more scope for failure as a youngster. Stevan Jovetic will make for intriguing viewing in the coming season.

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