Again, Fernando was the only summer signing to feature in Monday night’s satisfying victory over Merseyside rivals Liverpool, but to reiterate the well worn cliché, Stevan Jovetic is like a new signing for City this season and it was his dazzling display that grabbed all the headlines.
It was not only the two goals that secured victory that was so impressive about the Montenegrin’s performance. As at Newcastle last weekend and indeed throughout pre-season where he was City’s brightest performer, Jovetic is looking fit and sharp and hungry to prove his worth at the club. The injury problems of last season have been well documented, but will soon be a distant memory if this level of performance is maintained.
The beauty of Jovetic lies in his duality - not only is he a clinical finisher, but his overall energy, clever movement on and off the ball and his skilful tricks and flicks (the touch for his 2nd goal especially) from wider areas were too much for the Liverpool backline to handle and demonstrates his ability to perform in a number of attacking positions for City.
Indeed, with victory all but assured, Jovetic spent large spells of the second half from a wide left position when City were not in possession, breaking into more central areas when the ball was won. His constant desire to be on the ball and make play from deeper positions aligned with his bustling desire to make something happen at all times was also reminiscent of a certain Señor Tevez.
The potential partnership with Sergio Aguero, once the Argentine inevitably (injuries permitting) returns to the starting line up is mouth watering. This move may come sooner rather than later with Edin Dzeko struggling with a slight knock, but either way, Jovetic has surely done enough to cement his starting place against Stoke on Saturday.