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Chelsea’s Europa League nemesis compared to Agüero and Falcao by Owen Hargreaves

By Harry Edwards

Published: 21:45, 2 May 2019

Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic will not be at the club much longer, according to former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

Jovic has enjoyed a good season for the Eagles with 26 goals in all competitions, helping them to fourth in the Bundesliga and a Europa League semi-final.

Will Luka Jovic leave Eintracht Frankfurt? Five key things to know…

  1. Luka Jovic joined Eintracht Frankfurt in 2017 on a two-year loan from Benfica.
  2. The forward made his move permanent in April 2019 after impressing in Germany.
  3. His performances have also seen Jovic linked with a move to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
  4. And Owen Hargreaves does not believe Jovic will stay at Frankfurt past the summer.
  5. Only Robert Lewandowski (21) has scored more Bundesliga goals than Jovic (17) this season.

The Serbian international had initially joined Frankfurt on a two-year loan from Benfica in 2017 but made the move permanent in April. But despite this, Hargreaves doesn’t expect Jovic to stay at the club past the summer.

“He’s been absolutely magnificent,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.

“I think [Sebastien] Haller’s been a terrific player as well, they’re going to miss him and [Ante] Rebic.

“But this guy… He was on loan from Benfica, they’ve made that permanent but he won’t be at Frankfurt for much longer. This guy is just the perfect centre forward.”

Hargreaves then went on to compare Jovic to some of European football’s best strikers, including Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

He added: “He reminds me a bit of Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao. Because in the box he is just a magnificent finisher, with his right foot, with his left foot, he virtually has the lot.

“He’s good in the air as well and he’s one of those players. He’s going to be at one of the biggest clubs in Europe come the summer because he’s just a lethal finisher.

“He hasn’t been as prolific of late, but he’s had a wonderful season, 25 goals in all competitions.”

Jovic’s performances has seen the forward linked with a move to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, with the latter getting a taste of his ability in their Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday.

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Hoddle: Jovic has the signs of a top quality striker

Hargreaves’ praise for Jovic was echoed by former Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle, who hailed the calmness of the Bosnian forward.

Hoddle said: “What I like about him, is that he’s got what every good striker in the world has: he’s got a calmness about him. He doesn’t panic.

“He gets cooler when the chance becomes easier and bigger, and that’s the sign of a really top quality striker.”