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Update On Leicester City’s Pursuit Of This La Liga Forward: Should Rodgers Get Him On Board?

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In a recent report, Defensa Central has provided an update on Leicester City‘s pursuit of Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic. The Serbian striker has reportedly contacted his agent to discuss a potential exit from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium if his situation doesn’t improve under Zinedine Zidane this season which could open the door for the Foxes to land him in the future (via Defensa Central).

The latest development comes after the Daily Mirror (01/11, p61) had claimed that the East Midlands outfit along with West Ham United are both prepared to launch a move for Jovic when the transfer window reopens in January (via HITC).

Jovic’s Increasing Frustrations At The Spanish Capital

The Bijeljina-born marksman has been a sporadic feature for Los Blancos this season after making only five appearances for them, receiving a total of 208 minutes of game time across various competitions. Jovic has averaged 1.5 shots, 0.5 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in La Liga. The Serbian’s lack of game time explains his low numbers during this campaign, but he deserves credit for making 84.6% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

The 22-year-old has to find a way to ensure regular playing time if he intends to get his career back on track. Hence, it makes sense for him to seek a move to a top club during the winter transfer period and could be tempted by the possibility of sealing a move to the King Power Stadium if Leicester make a move during the January transfer period.

Update on Leicester City's pursuit of Luka Jovic who is in action in the picture
Luka Jovic of Real Madrid CF controls the ball during the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 25, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

What Does The Real Madrid Outcast Offer On The Pitch?

Jovic can read the game well that helps him get into some dangerous areas inside the opponent’s penalty box. He proved during his time in the Bundesliga that he could be a prolific goal-scorer. However, his productivity has gone downhill since his move to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium last year.

The nine-time Serbian international generates a lot of power with his shots on-target and is a good dribbler with the ball at his feet. Still, Jovic should work hard on improving his strength if he has any plans of testing himself in the Premier League as he might struggle to cope with the physical demands of English football.

Should The Foxes Get Jovic On Board In January?

Jovic can be a decent frontman for any top side in Europe but only if he is playing regularly on the field. Hence, he will be a good fit for the Foxes as Brendan Rodgers can use him alongside Jamie Vardy up top week in week out. The Serbian goal-getter will also serve as a significant upgrade over Kelechi Iheanacho at the King Power Stadium.

With all things considered, Rodgers should consider engineering a move to get Jovic on board this winter as the La Liga striker could potentially fire the Foxes to a top-four finish in the English top-flight this season.

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