With the Premier League starting this week, teams are set to battle for the throne of England’s top flight. While teams like Manchester City and Manchester United used the summer window to their advantage, some teams are still looking for replacements. Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic has attracted attention across Europe and could be switching to the Premier League.
Vlahovic is a Serbian striker who plays for the Italian giants Fiorentina. A forward with 15 guaranteed goals per season, the Serbian could conquer England’s biggest competition with his dribbling ability and sheer intelligence. What are the Serbian’s strengths and why is Dusan Vlahovic a useful asset?
THE YOUNG SERBO
After enrolling in the youth academy, the Serbian rose to the first squad and made his first SuperLiga appearance at age 16, being Partizan’s youngest debutant. Vlahovic scored his first professional goal for Partizan against Radnik Surdulica less than two months later, making him the youngest player in the club to score the net. Many big-name European clubs, notably Arsenal, Juventus and Anderlecht, were interested in Vlahovic’s rising star, but the Partizan management initially rejected all early proposals. However, the Serb’s departure from his beloved side was inevitable.
In 2017, Italian club Fiorentina knocked on the door to capture Vlahovic’s signature. And since his departure for Italy, the Serbian forward has been a reckoning force leading the front row of his team.
THE INTELLIGENCE OF VLAHVIC
Vlahovic is a 21-year-old Serbian striker who competes for Fiorentina in Italy. After proving his worth in 2018, the 190cm tall forward is now in his third stage in Italy’s elite division. Despite his stature, the Serbian is not the typical “big man” striker, as spectators and soccer experts had hoped in the past. The 21-year-old offers a distinctive experience that combines the skills of an agile attacker with those of a forward who relies heavily on his power and muscular prowess.
Six goals from Dusan Vlahovic 🤯
– ACF Fiorentina English (@ACFFiorentinaEN) July 25, 2021
Thus, such a combination greatly increases your limit to become a versatile center forward who can do a bit of everything, rather than being a typical poacher with no other notable qualities in his game.
Vlahovic’s physical dexterity and height allow the forward to retain the ball and have full control, provide persistent aerial danger during free throws and serve as a central forward for shots into the opponent’s goal mouth. Then the Serbian presents his second part of the game, which is more typical of the smaller forwards. The component of Vlahovic’s game that gives the Fiorentina forward so much promise to take his career to the next level is his very clean movement and solid dribbling ability, which stands out for a guy of his dimensions.
DRIBLE’S ABILITY OF SERBO
With the talented Serb drifting to the side and making unexpected and creative moves, he finds himself in many one-on-one situations with opposing players. The attacker aspires to be in these situations, since he is technically gifted and is a great dribbler. Vlahovic bets on himself to overcome an opponent by averaging 1.11 dribbles in each game, and he has an excellent track record, winning 59.3 percent of the time.
When the Fiorentina forward surpasses his marker, he looks for a teammate in the center or plays a threatening ball. The Serb is currently being hunted by Spurs and Gunners, and if he joins any of the North London teams, Vlahovic could demolish Premier League defenses with his impressive dribbling ability.
After reviewing the general characteristics of Dusan Vlahovic, it is vital to highlight the most significant quality of any forward, regardless of other attributes: efficiency in shooting and goals. A center forward who is not prolific, no matter how wonderful his other aspects of the sport are, can be a burden on the team, and the Fiorentina player has never let his team down in this regard. With 21 goals last summer, Dusan Vlahovic was considered in the same group as Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo. Dusan Vlahovic took 2.62 shots in each game, of which 1.05 were on target.
The 21-year-old is definitely a natural goalscorer, competent to score in a number of scenarios and with a diverse hitting technique. Vlahovic’s inherent desire to score goals is complemented by his highly agile and efficient scoring style, as the forward is capable of twisting attempts, making powerful shots with his shoes, and perfectly finding the back of the net with both sides of his feet. In addition, the Fiorentina forward has exceptional instinct for the goal and does not need much time to shoot.
The two armies that could reinforce their attacks with the presence of Vlahovic are Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs. Nuno Espírito Santos is about to lose star forward Harry Kane. With the English forward continually expressing his desire to leave, the Spurs must look for a forward in the transfer market. The Serb could be a perfect fit in the Spurs puzzle with the North London team looking to arrange a comeback season.
Looking forward to tomorrow. Great game to lead the group. 🏴🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/UjmJw707n0
– Harry Kane (@HKane) June 21, 2021
But according to reports from Italy, Fiorentina will only sell Vlahovic for a price of 60 million euros or more. And the price tag attached to Vlahovic’s name hints at a transfer to the Premier League. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal could also contribute with an offer after reports claimed the Spaniard was interested in Argentine striker Lautaro Martínez.
With the transfer window ending soon and the Premier League summer gearing up to start this week, Mikel Arteta and Nuno Santos will have a decision to make. The Serbian could add the extravagance to the Premier League with his arrival but who captures his signature we wait and see.