Luka Jovic (23 years old) returns tomorrow to the city that received his last goal as a team player real Madrid. It was just in Sadar… ¡Last February 9th! No less than eleven months without seeing the door. A terrible record for a central striker who signed in the summer of 2019 for 60 million euros. It is true that he was supported by his 27 goals in Eintracht de Frankfurt and a final repertoire that determined him to be the largest producer of Europa League since that season, with 10 goals in 11 games. But since he signed for Madrid, he seems to have disconnected from the great quality that brought him to the capital.
In the 27 games he played last year, although he only started in seven, he managed to score only two goals (one at Leganes at the Bernabéu and another at Osasuna in Pamplona) and gives two assists. A few poor numbers that took their trust Zidane, which separated him directly from the rotations this season. He had minutes in just five games (he started two of them) and he did not see the door and did not provide assistance, recording only 33 well-made passes. In fact, Zidane told him he preferred Borja Mayoral as the second striker after Benzema (parleño caused Benito Villamarín the penalty that allowed Madrid to win at Betis the home). The problem is that no one in Europe wanted to take over the Serbian’s record and that is why Borja Mayoral chose to accept the proposal from the Roma, who had followed in his footsteps for two summers.
Jovic will arrive in Pamplona today with the sad memory of knowing this there he scored his last goal almost a year ago. Madrid won 1-4, and Jovic reduced the deficit when goals from Isco, Ramos and Lucas Vázquez came from Unai García’s opening goal. He took advantage of a good pass from Fede Valverde for the launch An unstoppable shot in the team. With the beauty of this goal, he managed to open a debate on whether Zidane should not give him more minutes, but when the opportunities came, he did not take advantage of them. Then came the shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and added three episodes that left him in a bad place. He went to the Belgrade jumping the alarm and into bondage He went out to the party on his girlfriend’s birthday, when there was a domination imposed by the authorities, which made his behavior ugly. And above he arrived back wounded in Madrid in one leg when he broke his heel when he fell from a wall of his house in the Serbian capital. Inexplicable. And to finish things off They caught him on a barbecue at his house in Madrid when he was still wearing the splint on his leg and taking pictures with his friends without keeping his distance and without a mask.
Despite all this, at 23 he has a future ahead of him as well another three and a half years of contract with Madrid, but next summer has all the ballots to be transferred or transferred to another club. Of course, its price dropped to 20 million euros (Transfermarkt rating), a third of what Madrid paid for it a year and a half ago. The investment failed. Completely.
* Data updated as of January 7, 2021