Partizan Belgrade prospect Andrija Zivkovic shows Premier League quality again

Andrija Zivkovic was reportedly on Chelsea’s radar over the summer and has been in fine form in the Europa League.

Partizan Belgrade may be exceeding all expectations in the Europa League, but few can be surprised at the form of teenage captain Andrija Zivkovic.

The 19-year-old was the star of the show for the Serbians in Week One of the competition, scoring one goal and setting up another in an impressive 3-2 over AZ Alkmaar.

It continued Zivkovic’s impressive start to the season in Europe, having already netted a fine goal against Steaua Bucharest in Champions League qualifying.

Linked with a move to Chelsea by O Jogo over the summer, the attacker, who was part of the Serbia team that upset the odds to win the Under-20 World Cup last summer, continued his impressive form on the continent again this week.

Facing off against Augsburg in Germany, few expected the Belgrade giants to pick up any points, let alone the win.

But with Zivkovic at his imperious best, Partizan cruised to a potentially crucial 3-1 victory on the road, with their poster boy captain scoring a match-winning brace.

Those two goals made it three in two games for Zivkovic and was enough to earn the midfielder the honour of the Europa League Player of the Week.

The Serbian took 50 per cent of the vote ahead of Besiktas’ Jose Sosa on a memorable night for the Crno-beli.

On the basis of this, there could be plenty more to come for Zivkovic and it may not be too much longer before the likes of Chelsea et al are shooting admiring glances in his direction once again.

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