Stevan Jovetić and his chance at Manchester City

Of Manchester City’s summer signings, most have fitted right in at the Etihad Stadium, adding to the considerable pool of talent available to Manuel Pellegrini.

Álvaro Negredo has nailed down a place in the side and has been free-scoring, Jesús Navas has added much-needed pace and incision, while Fernandinho has anchored the midfield – releasing Yaya Touré in the process.

With Martín Demichelis seemingly a more able centre-half than existing members of the squad and trusted by his boss, only one new face remains. Stevan Jovetić.

The Montenegro international has been plagued with debilitating injuries since moving to Manchester and as such has not had a chance to show just why City shelled out a cool £22 million on the forward in the summer.

A meager three appearances in the Premier League, one from the start, have been backed up with glimpses of potential in the Capital One Cup, with the ex-Fiorentina man hitting two goals in two outings.

However, with Jovetić on the recovery trail and said to be available to Pellegrini ahead of this weekend’s clash with Fulham, the stage is well and truly set for the eastern European forward to play his part in the club’s title charge.

Sergio Agüero is expected to be on the sidelines for as long as eight weeks; certainly a month at least. The Argentine’s shoes will take some filling, but Jovetić has a chance to state a claim for a regular start in the City strike force.

Stevan JovetićWith Negredo continuing to lead the line for Pellegrini’s men, the City boss has a number of options in replacing the injured Argentine star.

Edin Džeko has been terribly unlucky during his time in England, as he consistently scores when given the chance – the problem is that these opportunities are few and far between.

The Bosnia international will have a chance to play more regularly during Agüero’s stint on the treatment table, but the former Wolfsburg man’s approach is very similar to that of Negredo. Whether both out-and-out number nines can play in the same team is questionable.

Agüero adds goals to the City starting line-up, but another key attribute is his ability to link the side’s midfield and attack. Putting a designated number ten in this role may well work as a substitute, with a case to suggest that playing David Silva in behind Negredo could be highly effective.

The Spain international’s creativity and range of passing can be lost at times when he starts from wide, and utilising him in a more central role could well get the best out of the former Valencia star.

However, if Jovetić can get himself match-fit and anywhere near his best form, surely he stands a chance of a regular run in the side. The 24-year-old’s range of attributes are not dissimilar to that of the man he would be replacing, with Jovetić showing in Florence that he has the ability to both create and score goals.

Undoubtedly talented, rumblings that Jovetić could be leaving Manchester in the January transfer window are preposterous. It may well be that the silver lining in Agüero’s injury is the unearthing of another Premier League star at City.

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I am a freelance football journalist from Northern Ireland living in Broome in Western Australia. I have worked for top media outlets such as FourFourTwo, goal.com, Soccerlens, Football Fancast and Here is the City. I am a lifelong and long-suffering Tottenham fan. Follow me on Twitter at @90MinsOnline
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