Thursday, December 12, 2019

Real Madrid Would Commit a Huge Mistake if Luka Jovic Goes Out on Loan

Juan Pablo Aravena in Editorial, La Liga 14 Aug 2019

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Earlier this summer, Real Madrid shocked the world when they announced the signing of then-Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic. The Serbian hitman had been one of the most sought-after players following his brilliant 2018-19 season, and many believed Los Merengues had found their starting striker for the next decade.

Fast forward roughly two months, and there has been a lot of talk regarding a potential loan move away from Real Madrid for Jovic. This is even more shocking if we consider Real Madrid paid €60 million to acquire him. Madrid needed to make that move, however, as several other European giants were on the race to land the Serbia international.

But why is everyone talking about a loan move even when he season has not even started? There are lots of theories. Some say Zinedine Zidane is not happy with his performances and is not convinced of his quality yet. Others believe the player hasn’t adapted well to life at Spain… when he has not been there for a few months yet.

The media hasn’t helped here. Serbian outlets have reported Jovic might be on his way out from the Santiago Bernabeu, while reports coming out of Spain have indicated the Serbian is “not ready” to play for Los Merengues and that a loan move would be the best scenario.

And Jovic? He continues to train and work hard looking to impress the manager. And when he is inspired, he can do things like this (courtesy from AS TV):

Jovic is fresh coming off a stellar 2018-19 season. He scored 27 goals in 48 appearances for Frankfurt across all competitions. He made a name for himself in both the Bundesliga and the UEFA Europa League at just 21 years of age. Therefore, what Real Madrid need to do here is crystal clear. They just need to give Jovic enough time to settle before he can show what he can do.

Sending him out on loan is not the worst idea in the world, as he could be the first-choice striker if he lands anywhere else. But playing in a smaller team doesn’t compare to feature at Real Madrid. Especially considering Madrid’s lone options for the striker role are Karim Benzema and Mariano Diaz. Benzema has the edge on the experience side of things, but Jovic clearly represents an upgrade over Mariano. And on a long-term basis, he’s also an upgrade over Benzema.

Ultimately, Madrid would be committing a huge mistake if they let Jovic leave no loan. Having a poor preseason shouldn’t trigger something like this, especially considering the context surrounding Jovic. He’s a new signing and is only 21 years old.

Madrid should just stand pat and let him progress. He is still one of the top young players in the world. He just needs time to settle and the rest will take care of itself.


Juan Pablo Aravena

A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.



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