If pre-season is a chance for players to put themselves into the forefront of their manager’s thinking than Stevan Jovetic has seized that opportunity at Manchester City.
The striker was on the periphery of City’s first-team last season, making just 11 league appearances after joining in the summer, thanks to the form of Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero and a series of injuries.
However, during City’s tour of the United States this summer he has unquestionably been their brightest player – scoring five goals in three games during City’s International Champions Cup campaign.
It has forced Manuel Pellegrini to think about using the striker on far more regular occasions, with the Chilean admitting that he could be ‘key’ to his side’s chances this season.
City won the Premier League title last year after a dramatic finale and they will be hoping to retain it amid increasing pressure as many of their rivals continue to strengthen over the summer.
The Citizens have had one of their more quiet transfer windows in recent times this summer, but Jovetic’s form – to cite a cliché – suggests he could be like a new signing this year after he struggled in his first season in England after moving from Fiorentina.
Last night Jovetic was in the thick of the action once again – scoring their first of the game in City's 2-2 draw with Olympiacos.
City went on to lose the ensuing penalty-shoot out, dumping them out of the competition, but the Montenegrin striker’s performances have meant that calls for him to see more regular first-team action this season have increased from the fan-base.
Here are a selection of the best tweets from City fans on Jovetic’s displays so far during pre-season.
Jovetic's night again! Lovely goal from him! 5 in the ICC! But again we lose on penalties! Manuel knows where we ve to improve now! #mcfc— Prakshal (@MagicianSilva21) August 3, 2014
I'd get Jovetic in my fantasy league team sharpish - gonna have a hell of a season. #MCFC— Michael O'Toole (@mickthehack) August 2, 2014
Jovetic looking sharp this pre -season we didn't get to use last season due to injuries , looking like a new Buy for us #Mcfc— Ikechukwu (@ShegzyMU) August 2, 2014
Stevan Jovetic seems like he may be a godsend for #MCFC— Andrew Sanicola (@AndrewSanicola) August 2, 2014
Jovetic is the star man of the tour. First name on the team sheet at Newcastle for me #mcfc— Samuel Houghton (@Sam_DH_MCFC) August 2, 2014
Jovetic's in some form this summer. If he can stay fit this coming season, expect him to bang 10+ goals. #mcfc— Gooner from Geneva (@Geneva_Gooner) August 2, 2014
Jovetic will be a big player for #mcfc this year. He's like a new signing. Amazing skill.— Chris Borg (@GAMERBORG) August 2, 2014