November 18, 2017

New signing: BVB’s Miloš Jojić

Partizan Belgrade fans woke up to shocking news on Wednesday morning; the six-time defending Serbian league champions announced on their official website that the club’s best player, attacking midfielder Miloš Jojić, had left the team’s training camp in Turkey to sign for an unnamed European club. Later that day, the news became even more shocking when Borussia Dortmund was revealed as Jojić’s new destination. No one expected such a big club to be after Jojić.

Miloš Jojić was born in the Belgrade Suburb of Stara Pazova and grew up a die-hard Partizan Belgrade fan. He started his career with hometown club Jedinstvo Stara Pazova and, at the age of 12, he was noticed by Partizan’s scouts and was invited to join the club’s famed youth academy. After six years in Partizan’s youth system, Jojić was sent to the Partizan’s feeder team, FK Teleoptik, for further development.

After two successful seasons in the Serbian 2nd division with FK Teleoptik, Jojić was promoted to Partizan’s first team at the start of the 2012/2013 season. His first season with the Belgrade club was very inconsistent, often not making his mark on the game and failing to make much of an impact. Jojić had his breakout game on May 18th 2013, when FK Partizan faced hated rivals Red Star in the 144th eternal Belgrade derby. The match was hard fought and even until the 90th minute, when Jojić scored a stunning free-kick to win the game and secure the league title for Partizan. This made him a legend with the fans and gained him nationwide notoriety.

Jojić is blessed with great technical ability. He has a strong shot and is able to dazzle fans with his dribbling displays. His biggest weapon, though, are his set-pieces, Jojić is a free-kick specialist and an assist machine from dead-ball situations. He is also a good passer from midfield and a hard-worker who is not afraid to put in a tackle.

However, Dortmund’s new signing also has some glaring weaknesses in his game. He gives up the ball way too easily and often leaves his team in a dangerous position after a reckless pass or run; he tends to float in and out of games and can be invisible on the pitch. Jojić is also not the fastest of players but he is still able to play on the left wing in the Serbian league, although his pace might not be good enough in the Bundesliga; he will be best suited to play as an attacking midfielder.

This season, Jojić has exploded for Partizan. He has been the clubs best player and their most dangerous offensive weapon, scoring 6 goals and adding 7 assists. His play has become more consistent and he’s finally developed into the player the club hoped he’d become. The 21-year-old  is one of the main reasons why Partizan currently sit in first place and are on their way to a seventh consecutive Serbian league title.

Jojić has also been a key member of Serbia’s U21 national team , putting up solid performances and leading the team in the Euro U21 qualifiers. His strong play for Partizan and Serbia’s U21’s earned him a call-up to Serbia’s senior national team in October. He made his international team debut against Japan and scored Serbia’s 2nd goal of the match in a 2-0 victory.  Following the match, national team manager Siniša Mihajlović praised Jojić and labeled him as a big player for the future.

Borussia Dortmund fans will be getting a hard-working and dedicated player. Jojić spends his free time reading books and enjoying nature, something that is rare in footballers today. He has put a lot of time into improving himself as a player and the results have started to show.

Jojić still needs time to develop and will not be ready to contribute right away. He is very much a work in progress so patience will be important when it comes to him and the fans’ expectations. He dominated the Serbian league but the Serbian league is of a level considerably inferior to the Bundesliga, so it’s a very big step for him and he will have a tough time adapting at the beginning. Borussia Dortmund is known for its work with young players so Jojić picked the perfect place to develop his game. He has great potential and can become a solid player but he won’t be a reinforcement for a club of BVB’s level at this point of his career.

 

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Milos Ceko

Milos Ceko is a writer for the only English-language Serbian footballer website, Serbian Footy. You can also follow him on twitter at @SerbianFooty

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