It has been argued that Jovetic will be a Tevez replacement. After all, both strikers are clinical at finishing, but are also effective creators too.
What sort of forward is Stevan Jovetic?
The two players are somewhat similar, as we can see by the goals they scored last season. Jovetic claimed 13 goals with a conversion rate of 14.9 per cent. Meanwhile, Tevez scored 11 goals, at a similar conversion rate of 14.7 per cent.
Neither striker was particularly prolific in front of goal as both players tended to play a bit deeper and create chances for their team-mates. This is probably an area the two stars could improve on, with both men having chance conversion rates that are too low for top forwards, even ones who play from deep.
Both players do offer more than just goals however. Tevez for example created a huge 61 chances for his team-mates, 1.9 per game, with Jovetic similarly creating 55 chances, 1.8 per game. The main difference between the two is in technical play, with Tevez averaging 84 per cent pass completion and Jovetic inferior at around 78 per cent. This could improve if he signs for City though, playing in a very fluid, passing system under Manuel Pellegrini.
These statistics are not the only way that the two players are similar. Comparisons can also be found in their style of play, with both liking to drop off the front and link up with the midfielders in deeper areas, as reflected by the high number of chances they create. If we review Jovetic’s action areas from his last appearance for Fiorentina against Pescara below we can see the sort of role he plays:
At City, Jovetic could play in behind the striker in their 4-2-3-1 formation. In fact he could probably fit quite comfortably into any of the three attacking slots behind Sergio Aguero or Edin Dzeko as well as being able to lead the line (just as Tevez could).
If we look at Tevez's Action Areas from a 2-0 win away at Reading from May we can see that he performs a similar role when playing off Dzeko:
The main difference is that Tevez drops into the centre of the park slightly less than Jovetic, who puts in a busy shift in this area. The major concern would be whether Jovetic is capable of leading the line if called upon, although he probably won't have to with Aguero, Negredo and Dzeko all in the squad.
Given Tevez's problems with regards to his discipline and commitment, moving him on made sense, despite the obvious quality he possessed. Jovetic represents a very good alternative to Tevez, with his ability to play behind the striker as well as lead the line. His support play is highlighted by the high number of chances he creates, as well as through his Action Area graphics where he consistently dropped off to help support the midfield.