Chelsea have once again been linked with a summer move for a striker. The likes of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele have been mentioned, but the Blues should attempt to lure Luka Jovic to Stamford Bridge.
The Serbian striker completed a £52million move to the Spanish giants from Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of the season, but the 22-year-old has endured a torrid time during his first season in Spain. Frank Lampard will likely need another striker for next season after Olivier Giroud has rejected the club’s contract extension offer as the French international seeks first-team football elsewhere. Although already having Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi suggests striking options appear the clubs least transfer worries.
This will be Lampard’s chance to bring in players that are suitable to the way he wants his Chelsea side to play and Jovic would be a valuable addition upfront. Real Madrid will likely make Jovic available for a loan next season as the Serbian international has made just four LaLiga starts, along with making another 11 from the bench. In that time, the 22-year-old has scored just two goals in all competitions, which is far from the numbers he was producing in the previous season.
He scored a remarkable 27 goals in all competitions and Chelsea fans must have been familiar with how ruthless Jovic is in front of the goal. Jovic scored both Frankfurt’s goals against the Blues in last season’s Europa League semi-final.
Chelsea were reportedly after him but lost out to Real Madrid as the Blues were under FIFA’s transfer ban last summer. Knowing that the transfer hasn’t worked, either for Real Madrid of for Jovic, Lampard should rekindle his interest in the striker if he were to be available.
If he were to move to Stamford Bridge, Jovic will want to be assured of first-team opportunities. But, what would the striker bring to Chelsea football club?
What does the Serb offer?
He hasn’t been given a fair chance by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. However, there is no denying how good a striker he is and can be given how young he is.
Jovic has an excellent first touch and just an overall presence inside the penalty box. He ranked second among Bundesliga attackers for scoring attempts per 90 with 4.82 and fifth for touches in the opposition area during the 2018/19 season.
His shooting accuracy is just over 50 per cent for Real Madrid, not at all bad for a player on the fringes this season. Indeed, his goals in the previous season for Eintracht Frankfurt have a similarity: finding space around the penalty spot, with Frankfurt attacking in transition with two strikers. His clinical finishing incorporates with either foot via one or two touch prior to the shot.
This is the Jovic that we will see in years to come. He appears as an exceptional striker when used efficiently. The Serbian does possess very good acceleration, both in pressing defenders off the ball and in his willingness to make runs in behind. A vital attribute to have when playing for Chelsea manager Lampard as for this season, the likes of Abraham and Mason Mount press from the front in which has led to many opportunities during matches.
Not to mention at 5ft 9ins, he is very good in the air. His 2.78 aerial duels won this season for Madrid is a solid enough figure to show he does possess aerial ability. This is also essential to have as a striker playing for Chelsea because Reece James offers excellent delivery from the flank and on occasion, the delivery hasn’t been met by a mobile striker.
Ultimately, Jovic is a striker suitable to Chelsea and the intensity of the Premier League. Quick and instinctive, with an excellent appreciation of space and understanding of where the goal is. Jovic’s arrival would certainly mean Batshuayi’s Chelsea’s days are numbered. The Belgian has never really shown been at his best since arriving in West London in 2016 and has managed only six goals in all competitions this term, and even outgoing Giroud has taken his place in the pecking order.
If signing a striker is a primary motive in this summer’s transfer window, Jovic should be at the top of the list in terms of names that should be considered being brought in. A loan is a sensible piece of business which means that the club can use the extra funds in areas of the pitch that also need strengthening. But, the 22-year-old will want to be assured of first-team opportunities. Abraham needs a talented striker who can compete during the season and that will also get the best out of the England striker. Significantly, if the move were to happen, Chelsea would be signing an elite striker who will be ready for the challenge of playing in England.