He arrived last summer from Sevilla, where he was a talismanic figure. In five months in 2017, Jovetic notched up seven goals and five assists in all competitions. The Montenegrin is now adapting. On his fourth start in Ligue 1, Stevan produced his best performance yet in a red and white shirt. “I try to score and give the best of myself in every match. Obviously, personally I’m very pleased with my assist against Lyon and my first double in the league against Angers last weekend. But the main thing is the win…” Those two goals included a marvellous chipped finish that caught the eye of the fans and earned him 72% of the votes for Man of the Match against Angers. A resounding thumbs-up.
“I prefer to play as a second striker. But I’ve played as a number 9 before. I know how to do that, I’m capable of it… I like to go towards the ball and I tend to drop off. With the coach, we work a lot on getting into the box and being decisive.”
The artist from Podgorica was born in 1989 "in a country that no longer exists (Yugoslavia) and a city that has changed its name (Titograd)" wrote Matthieu Faure in an article in Monaco Matin in February. Stevan is following in the glittering footsteps of fellow Podgorican stars like Savicevic and Mijatovic... Jovetic made his professional debut at 16 for Partisan against Red Star in the boiling heat of the Belgrade derby. It helped forge the young man’s mettle: "already such a strong kid and a new idol" of his first club, captain at the age of 18...
“I’ve played in Italy, Spain, and England. By comparison, the French league is very good. There’s pace. It’s physically strong. And it’s good technically… The standard is high!”
The Montenegrin moved to Italy in 2008 to play for Fiorentina, and despite struggling at first, he bloomed in his second season, especially in European competition... With La Viola, the two-footed forward went on to score 35 goals in four seasons at the club, despite rupturing his cruciate ligaments in 2010. "Fantasista" was how he was described in Italy... "They are the unclassifiable players, half playmaker, half striker by trade, capable of creating goals and passing angles", explains Mat Faure.
“I’m happy in this side and feel great at Monaco. We have a quality squad and I’m trying to do my job as well as possible: scoring and/or setting up goals.”
After spells with Manchester City, Inter Milan and Sevilla, Montenegro’s record goalscorer (24 goals) made the switch to the Côte d'Azur to show what he could do in the French league... In 432 minutes on the pitch in Ligue 1 this season, Stevan Jovetic has made a match-winning contribution on five occasions (four goals, one assist)...once every 86 minutes! An impressive stat.
“I’ve had ups and downs with injury since arriving in the Principality, but I’m fairly happy with my performances and the way I’ve settled in. I’m not yet at 100% as I need to play regularly, and be decisive to get back to my best.”