Being a striker at Real Madrid is a big responsibility. It’s also a big advantage, playing in a team that attacks a lot and usually scores easily.
That’s why the two goals Luka Jovicfinished his first season at Los Blancoswith is cause for alarm.
It is a terrible figure because of how low it is, but it is even more so when you consider that Real Madrid paid 60 million euros to Eintracht Frankfurt for him in the spring of 2019.
In other words, each of Jovic‘s two goals – against Leganes and Osasuna – have been worth 30 million euros.
What’s more, both strikes came when Los Merengues had already wrapped up the three points in a 5-0 and 4-1 win respectively.
The negative aspect of this investment in a player who has been discussed more for his off-the-pitch antics rather than what he’s done for Zinedine Zidane‘s side is that he cannot be compared to the previous No.9s Real Madrid have signed since 2000.
There hasn’t been a striker who has had such a hard time scoring, or that his goals have cost so much in their first season at the club.
Not counting Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid‘s all-time top scorer, Los Blancoshave signed all sorts of strikers during this century, ever since Lorenzo Sanz caused a splash by bringing in Nicolas Anelkafrom Arsenal. They have all done better than Jovic.
You don’t have to go far to make a comparison. Mariano Diaz has barely had any opportunities since being bought back from Lyon, yet in the 2018/19 season he scored four goals, despite appearing in five games less than the Serbian managed in his debut campaign.
When Mariano saw that Real Madridhad signed Jovic last summer, he decided to stay because he did not believe that he was less of a striker, despite the 22-year-old’s breakout season in Germany.
This season, playing around 20 games less than the 60 million euro signing, he scored just one goal less – one – and it came against Barcelona in El Clasico.
In the goals to investment comparison, the player with the second worst ratio is Gonzalo Higuain.
He cost six million euros per goal, but there was a notable difference: the Argentine arrived in January and took a while to settle, scoring just two goals in 23 games. In his second season, he got nine in 34.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (2009) and Emmanuel Adebayor (2011) also joined in the January transfer window, with both going on to score eight goals.
On the other hand, leaving aside Javier Hernandez‘s loan spell, the most profitable No.9 was Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The Dutchman made the move from Manchester United in exchange for 15 million euros and he went on to score 33 goals in 44 games.
Now it’s Real Madrid‘s turn to decide what they want to do with Jovic. It’s not an easy decision.
Zidane asked for the club to sign him and he’s always stood up for the Serbian.
If it’s about performances on the pitch it shouldn’t be a long discussion, but the only arguments in his favour are that perhaps he has paid for his young age and that he struggled to adapt to Spanish football.
It is a risk in a team that has depended so much on Karim Benzema‘s goals.
In spite of everything, Jovic is a player that interests teams, including some of Europe’s big names.
In a normal transfer window, Real Madridcould consider moving on from the young striker. This one isn’t.
The departure of Jovic would mean having to sign a replacement, something that those upstairs at the club don’t seem willing to do.
There are other avenues that could be explored, such as swap deals, but it is very possible that Jovic will have the chance to make amends at Real Madrid next season.