Serbian international Luka Jovic enjoying successful loan spell with Frankfurt

Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Olympique de Marseille at the Frankfurt stadium on November 29, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Olympique de Marseille at the Frankfurt stadium on November 29, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images) /

The 21-year old striker is on a two-year loan with Frankfurt from Benfica and the youngster is making the most of it, netting 12 times in just 15 Bundesliga appearances this term.

Barely out of his teen years, Benfica loanee Luka Jovic is lighting up the Bundesliga this season with Frankfurt who currently sits in sixth place through 17 matches. Before coming over to the German side from Benfica, Jovic only made two appearances for the Portuguese giants, playing most of his football with their second squad.

But as we have seen with other young players like Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Hoffenheim’s Reiss Nelson, who were both previously with English clubs but failed to see playing time, the Bundesliga offers up and comers the chance to prove themselves. Nelson has made Arsenal want him back from his loan spell after his outstanding form in Germany, while Sancho has left Manchester City scratching their heads after seeing the winger lead Dortmund to a first place spot in the Bundesliga table this season after selling him in the summer of 2017.

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Similar to the aforementioned, Jovic has used his time in Frankfurt as a chance to prove to Benfica and other clubs in Europe that he is a lethal goal-scorer who should be considered as one of the most exciting young players in the world.

The skill set to become one of the best at his craft

Last season when Jovic came over to Frankfurt from Benfica, he made 22 appearances in Bundesliga play, with just nine of those coming as a starter. He showed glimpses of what he can do immediately, scoring eight times, with four of his tallies as a substitute.

But it wasn’t until this year where Jovic has made it extremely clear that his form last season was no fluke. He is the real deal. He is arguably the most dangerous striker in the Bundesliga, currently tied with Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer with 12 goals. The Serbian international, who featured for the White Eagles in the World Cup, has also scored five times in six appearances in Europa league play, giving him a total of 17 goals this year in just 28 appearances. His most impressive performance was earlier this season against Fortuna Dusseldorf, where he bagged five goals in a 7-1 thrashing, becoming the youngest player ever to do so.

The 21-year old is so deadly up front because he is extremely unpredictable. Jovic is what we would call a complete striker because he’s just as good with both feet and his head. This skill set makes it very difficult for defenders to stop him considering he can convert with his left and right or in the air. He’s netted eight goals with his left foot, seven with his right, and two with his head this season.

Jovic doesn’t have blistering speed, but his ball control is elite and his ability to pick out teammates with through balls is very fun to watch. He’s very strong on the ball and doesn’t get pushed off very easily. But it all comes down to how ruthless he is in front of the net. His first touch is quick and exact, wasting little time on getting a shot on net. This uncanny knack to score goals is what’s made clubs like Liverpool, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich show interest in the Serb.

Lethal players alongside him

Frankfurt typically has Jovic, Sebastian Heller, and Ante Rebic on the attack, which has been a deadly combination this season. The team has scored a total of 34 goals, with 26 of them coming between the three. Jovic has 12, Heller has nine, and Rebic has scored five.

Jovic has been electric on the attack this season no question, but a vital reason for this is the service he’s being provided from Heller and Rebic. Along with his nine tallies, Heller has eight assists, while Rebic has collected two.

Jovic will play for a huge club in Europe one day

There is no doubt that Benfica is ecstatic seeing Luka Jovic play this type of quality football in Germany. They will want him back as soon as his loan spell ends, but based on how he’s playing, Jovic will definitely end up with a big club in Europe.

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Whether it’s in England, Spain or Italy, the 21-year old is going to be a star at the club level and international level for his country.  He is already shaping up to be one and he hasn’t even hit his prime yet. Luka Jovic’s best years of football are still ahead of him.

The sky is the limit for the ruthless frontman.