There are some reoccurring themes in the German Bundesliga. Even when blindfolded, one could easily guess the champions – Bayern Munich. Alongside the title, the Bavarians prioritise another honour; the top scorer.
In the last five seasons, Robert Lewandowski has picked up the Kicker cannon for most goals thrice. The Pole’s incredible predatory instincts yielded over 20 strikes in those campaigns. On those two occasions, it went to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) and Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt).
Ironically, another Frankfurt striker is hoping to disrupt the theme this season. He is 20-year-old Luka Jovic on loan from Benfica. Jovic currently leads the goal log ahead of the likes of Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus. Lewandowski appears to still be reeling from a miserable World Cup.
Like many other Serb players, Jovic began his career at Red Star Belgrade in 2014. In just two years there, the youngster established himself potent goal poacher, striking 12 times in 42 matches. That’s almost one goal in every three matches.
That incredible form attracted Benfica. However the powerful forward failed to hit same heights in Portugal, shuttling between the reserves and first team squad. After failing to prove himself in the first year, impatient Benfica promptly farmed him out to Germany, never to return until the summer of 2019.
The Portuguese side will be glad they did. Jovic has now metamorphosed into one of the deadliest strikers in the whole of Europe. The 20-year-old was just one goal shy of reaching double figures last season, playing a mighty role as Frankfurt clinched the DFB-Portal.
This season, he hasn’t placed a foot wrong. He has obviously stepped up a level or three. You could even say ‘five’, the same as the number of goals he netted — only the third foreign-born Bundesliga player ever to do so — in a single-handed game.
There are players who need relatively few scoring chances,” Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter said recently. “Luka Jovic, for example, scores four times out of every five chances because he’s a poacher and, when he’s in the box, he knows where the goal is.”