Having just played his 100th career match, Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic is definitely making the most of his time in football. Currently the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga, the Serbian striker made a name for himself after scoring an incredible 5 goals against Fortuna Düsseldorf, and becoming the youngest player to do so in the German League. It is an amazing achievement, and the statistics show he is definitely a striker with a bright future and One to Watch. See our analysis of the Luka Jovic play style here.
Luka Jovic analysis – background
In recent seasons, the German league has seemed a bit predictable with Bayern Munich winning the title the last 6 seasons in a row and Robert Lewandowki top of the scoring charts in 3 of those. This season seems different though. Borussia Dortmund are playing incredible football with Marco Reus looking to be back to his best, and some young English talents making waves in Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson. The league is becoming more competitive and as a result the incumbent champions will not have it as easy this year.
And the battle for the Torjägerkanone, awarded to the highest goalscorer, won’t be clear either. Lewandowski will be a consistent scorer as usual, but Luka Jović looks set to challenge all the way.
Luka Jovic analysis play style – Versatility
Described as a ‘street footballer’, the Luka Jovic play style means he seems to be able to find the net in an instinctive way. A naturally right-footed player, the statistics show of his 13 league goals this season, 5 goals have come with his right foot and 6 have come from his left. The other 2 goals came off his head, which is another side to the striker’s game. This ability to score with both feet and in the air is a great skill to have.
Luka Jovic analysis play style- Statistics
Statistically, Jović is up there with the best. Starting on the bench in 3 out of the first 4 games of the season means he has only played 1076 minutes this season. This works out to a ratio of 1.1 goals per 90 minutes, the same as Lionel Messi and more than Neymar. In Europe his record is even better having scored 5 Europa League goals in just 267 minutes of football ( a goal every 53.4 minutes). It seems that Jović has a natural eye for goal.
Luka Jovic analysis play style – Strong and Powerful
A strong dribbler, the 21 year old Serbian is able to take on defenders and create chances for himself and others, with 3 assists to his name as well and is making at least 1 key pass per game. His main threat, a positive for a striker (!), is his finishing. Jović is able to get a large amount of power behind his shots, something which makes it incredibly difficult for a goalkeeper to save. An interesting statistic, according to Understat, his expected goals this season is only 9.05 meaning he is consistently scoring more chances than the quality of his shots would indicate. Something that could be explained by the power that he gets behind his shots
Currently on loan from Benfica, a team that manages to create new world class youngsters one after the other, Frankfurt have a great talent in Jović and a gem in the option to buy clause in the loan contract. Although it could be argued that Jović is no longer a great secret, he is definitely One to Watch and will be on the radar of the scouts of many top clubs in World Football.