Eintracht Frankfurt have managed to secure the return of Luka Jovic just a short time after leaving them for Real Madrid.
The Serbian striker managed to score 36 goals in his 75 appearances for Frankfurt, which led to the big-money move to Real Madrid in 2019. Many at apuestas24.mx would have felt he would have been a success, but things did not work out as they would have expected.
In fact, his time in Spain saw him struggle massively.
After Los Blancos paid over €63 million for him, he only managed to score two goals in his 32 appearances in La Liga, although many would argue he was not given the greatest of chances by Zinedine Zidane.
The 23-year-old, who is understood to have rejected chances to go elsewhere, has returned to Frankfurt on loan in the hope that he will rekindle the flame that he once had.
“Luka hasn’t had an easy time in Madrid recently, so it’s important for him that he gets back on track,” said Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic, who has been on the lookout for a striker to partner André Silva since Bas Dost left for Club Bruges.
“Luka can use the next few months to get back to his best in a familiar environment. Real Madrid know that he’ll be well looked after here and can continue his development – and we now have another excellent option in attack.”
However, it is important to note that he is not the only player to have struggled since leaving the Bundesliga for a different league.
In fact, former team-mate, Sebastien Haller, has also struggled as he failed to live up to expectations at West Ham United after a big €50 million move in the same year as Jovic. He now finds himself at Ajax.
Ante Rebic completed the trio that were known as ‘buffalo herd’ at Frankfurt, but he has been impressive for AC Milan since joining them.
Joelinton has struggled at Newcastle United following a €44 million move in 2019, whilst Timo Werner is just another high-profile forward that has not managed to hit the heights just yet.
Despite a good start to life at Chelsea, he has since stalled and looks to be lacking in confidence when it comes down to finding the net.
However, although the price-tag might be a reason many look at, it could be that the tactical side of the game just does not suit them away from the Bundesliga. For instance, football in Germany is played with a reliance on quick counter-attacks and high-pressing; not something all Premier League teams do as they like to keep the ball and pass it around as they try and walk it into the back of the net.
Jovic may have struggled at Real Madrid, but if he can get back to his best at Frankfurt, then perhaps he will be able to find a way to make it work in Spain as well.