Goals, tactical flexibility: New recruit has what it takes to be a hit at Real Madrid – opinion

Looking at Real Madrid’s summer transfer window of 2019, one could easily spot flaws creeping up on the Spanish giants.

To be honest, many have done exactly that but no one could do it sooner than their own media based in Madrid.

Marca covered their variety of flaws, bashing Los Blancos for spending too much, not covering their weak spots, failing to ship off the deadwood and many more. In fact, they went through all the trouble of finding eight mistakes in total, slamming Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez for failing to finish their long-overdue revolution.

But despite just one Galactico joined the squad in the form of Eden Hazard, he is not the only signing that should bring optimism, hope and a breath of fresh air for the Whites.

The other signing that should definitely excite the Madridistas and Zidane himself is their newcomer from Serbia, Luka Jovic.

The former Eintracht Frankfurt man arrived for a reported sum of €65m (£57.2m) before certain add-ons are calculated into the equation and comes as Real Madrid’s new and prolific forward to lead their lines.

But so far, although he has played in all four of Real Madrid’s opening games in the new 2019/20 La Liga season, he was in the starting 11 only once, tallying just 106 minutes over the course of those fixtures.

By the look of things, at least for now, he is bound to be a rotational player; one coming from the bench to possibly make the difference in that way.

How is that kind of a player, a player not even a Galactico, supposed to lead Los Blancos to glory once again? He may not be the main man at the moment but Jovic certainly looks he could be in the future.

His traits are obvious.

After all, last season, only Robert Lewandowski and Paco Alcacer netted more goals than Jovic’s 17-goal tally with 23 and 18 respectively in the Bundesliga.

Lewandowski is already a well-known finisher, one of the world’s best in fact, and Alcacer had a season like none before, enjoying his career-best spell.

But Jovic produces on the biggest stages as well.

His ten goal-run in last season’s Europa League campaign for the German team was only surpassed by Olivier Giroud’s 11-goal haul as he led Chelsea to eventual glory, which, interestingly enough, made them cross paths with Jovic and his Eagles as well.

The goal-scoring part of his skill-set is definitely there for everyone to see and so is his clutchness and the ability to perform when it matters the most.

When we revisit the fact that the last time Real Madrid splashed out on a young and mostly unproven striker in a 21-year-old Karim Benzema, it ended up being a true gem. Their move for Jovic, therefore, now makes slightly more sense.

Rarely do Los Blancos and Perez get these things wrong and if history is any indication, when Real Madrid spend big, they also spend well.

The signings of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo can attest to that. Granted, €65m (£57.2m) definitely sounds on the lower side, especially considering the state of the modern market. But it’s still a huge amount before add-ons and it’s on a 22-year-old striker who is yet to do it at a major club.

It may not sound like that much of a gamble considering how good Jovic was for Frankfurt but with all due respect to the German team, Real Madrid is a serious step up.

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One other aspect the Galacticos likely took into account when they were weighing up whether to buy the young Serbian or not, was the tactical flexibility.

Granted, on paper, the forward has mostly been deployed either as a clear-cut striker or something as a second-striker/ attacking midfielder, just behind the designated no.9 of the team.

But in reality, the youngster can still function in different systems regardless of his preferred role on the team sheet.

It’s a trait that could even see Jovic and Benzema play alongside each other.

A tactical switch that would revert Real Madrid to a system that deploys two strikers up front could, in that case, maybe even get the best out of both players.

The Serbian assisted six goals last season in the Bundesliga and while that may not sound like a sublime figure, it becomes better when we find out three of those were to one of his forward partners in Ante Rebic.

It wouldn’t really be a stretch to say that their summer signing and Benzema could complement each other the same way or even better. After all, the Frenchman assisted 11 goals across all competitions last season himself.

The striker may not have slipped right into Real Madrid’s starting lineup as of yet but that very much feels like it’s just a matter of time, especially with his French teammate ageing.

And once Benzema does eventually move on, the limelight will be Jovic’s for the taking.

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