Stood on the touchline at a abandoned Waldstadion, Luka Jovic introduced his return to Eintracht Frankfurt with three easy phrases: “Ich bin zurück” – I’m again. The Serbian striker scored 36 targets in 75 appearances in his earlier spell in Frankfurt, serving to the Eagles win the German Cup in 2018 and attain the Europa League semifinal in 2019– attracting the eye of Europe’s greatest golf equipment within the course of.
The very greatest, Actual Madrid, paid over €63m ($76m) for his providers, however Jovic failed to copy his kind in La Liga, managing solely two targets in 32 video games. Now, the 23-year-old is hoping to rediscover his mojo on the bottom the place he as soon as scored 5 in a single recreation in opposition to Fortuna Düsseldorf, when he led Frankfurt’s so-called “buffalo herd” alongside Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic.
“Luka hasn’t had a straightforward time in Madrid not too long ago, so it is vital for him that he will get again on monitor,” stated Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic, who has been looking out for a striker to associate André Silva since Bas Dost left for Membership Bruges.
“Luka can use the following few months to get again to his finest in a well-known atmosphere. Actual Madrid know that he’ll be effectively sorted right here and may proceed his improvement – and we now have one other glorious choice in assault.”
Having already suffered from a coronavirus an infection in November, German authorities have confirmed that Jovic is exempt from quarantine rules and is free to play in opposition to Schalke on Sunday – though he isn’t anticipated to start out.
Native paper Frankfurter Rundschau report that Jovic has returned in a “decidedly good bodily state” – regardless of him additionally sustaining a hamstring harm within the wake of his coronavirus an infection.
However he’d already struggled for recreation time earlier than that. Introduced in to assist fill the gaping Cristiano Ronaldo-shaped gap in Zinedine Zidane’s facet, Jovic was unable to supply ample competitors for Karim Benzema in his favored central placing position, and even discovered himself behind youth product Mariano Diaz within the pecking order.
Away from the pitch, Jovic reportedly didn’t be taught Spanish in the best way he realized German, and was thought-about one thing of an outsider within the Spanish capital. Add to that the stress of a humungous price ticket and an image begins to develop of a scenario which is way from supreme for a footballer who hadn’t even turned 23.