Boom, boom, boom, boom and boom. Five goals from the 27th to the 72nd minute were not quite a record for the five fastest goals scored in the Bundesliga – that record belongs to Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.
Nonetheless, the 21-year-old Luka Jović wrote Bundesliga history that afternoon as his former club Eintracht Frankfurt dismantled newly promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf 7-1.
For Jović they were goals three to seven in the 2018/19 Bundesliga season, and he would eventually end the season with 17 goals and six assists in 32 games. Add to that ten goals and one assist in 14 Europa League games, and it quickly becomes apparent why half of Europe was in pursuit of the striker.
In the end, Real Madrid was able to sign the forward in a deal worth €60 million plus bonuses. Not a bad deal given that Eintracht Frankfurt signed Jović for just €5.2 million following a two-year loan deal – Benfica will receive an additional 30% of Jović’s transfer to Real.
“We would have liked to keep him,” Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobić said after the transfer was officially announced. “But reason and a sense of reality have meant we have come to a different decision. He is moving to a top European club, there he has the chance to win titles and earn more money – it is a big chance for him,” Bobić added.
At the same time, Bobić also stresses that it might take some time for Jović to become a starting player at Real Madrid. “It will take some time – but he has talent,” Bobić said. “When he gets the right sort of ball in the box, he will convert his chances,” he added.
Bobić should now. The former German national team player, after all, has won the Bundesliga Torjägerkanone (Golden Boot) in the past. The Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director knows to identify talent when he sees it.
But what makes Jović dangerous? The Serbian national team striker is a pure box player, like the Colombian striker Radamel Falcao he can pop out of nowhere to complete a chance. In fact, Jović has often been compared with the current AS Monaco striker.
A pure goal scorer then, someone who can make room and space out of nothing. Jović, in fact, uses his agility and anticipation to be at the right time at the right place inside the box, it is a gift that not many forwards possess.
It is, however, also an ability that is best accentuated with the right teammates. In Frankfurt, Jović relied on Sébastien Haller to create the space for him in the box and on Ante Rebić to provide much of the leg work.
In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Jović pointed out that he did not favor a high work rate. “A few other leagues would suit me better,” Jović said in the interview. “In the Bundesliga, they play a high press, and you have to run a lot,” he added.
“I am looking forward to test myself on the highest level against the best players in the world,” Jović said. “I want to have success in my career,” he added.
There is no doubt that Jović has the talent to succeed at Real Madrid. The 21-year-old’s goalscoring touch, in fact, is uncanny, but he will need to have the right partner at his side to succeed. Also, his comments about work rate will have raised at least some eyebrows, Real Madrid might not counter-press like Eintracht Frankfurt, but the striker will still have to put in the leg work to succeed.