Scout report: Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jović

He's "the Serbian Falcao" with shades of Gerd Müller; meet Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jović.

Outscoring Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus in Germany, Jović is having a breakthrough campaign to remember. has the skinny.

Scout notes

Name: Luka Jović
Age: 21
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt (on loan from Benfica)
Position: Striker
Country: Serbia
2018/19: 31 games, 20 goals

Who is he?

Jović is the Eintracht Frankfurt striker tearing up the Bundesliga and the UEFA Europa League this season. A powerful penalty-box predator, the Serbian's range of finishing is matched only by his composure in front of goal.

Jović helped Eintracht complete a perfect group stage
Jović helped Eintracht complete a perfect group stage©Getty Images

What makes him so good?

That natural ability in front of goal catches the eye. Comfortable either up front on his own or with a strike partner, Jović's finishing is unerring. He's also quick in transition, physically strong and rarely injured.

Why is he the centre of attention?

No one has hit the net more in the Bundesliga this season and he is second in the UEFA Europa League scoring charts. He shot to prominence in October when he became the youngest player to score five goals in a Bundesliga game.

Check out Jović's winning goal against Marseille
Check out Jović's winning goal against Marseille

Where has he come from?

The son of a professional footballer (father Milan was a defender, though), Jović came through the Crvena zvezda youth system. At 18, the striker swapped Belgrade for Benfica, signing on loan for Eintracht the following summer.

When did he make his debut?

Jović made his Crvena zvezda debut in May 2014 aged 16 years and 156 days, converting a late equaliser against Vojvodina to surpass Dejan Stanković as the club's youngest goalscorer. His Eintracht breakthrough came last season with a backheeled volley to win a tight German Cup semi-final at Schalke.

How far could he go?

Eintracht have confirmed they intend to activate Jović's buy-out clause. The ambitious club and tyro striker are an excellent match; expect Jović to showcase his predatory instincts at the top level of European football in the not-too-distant future.

Jović faces stiff competition breaking into the Serbia starting XI but did make the cut for their 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, coming on as a late substitute against Brazil. There's also a chance of seeing him at the 2019 U21 EURO; Jović was Serbia's seven-goal top scorer in qualifying.

Jović joined Frankfurt from Benfica in 2016
Jović joined Frankfurt from Benfica in 2016©AFP/Getty Images

What they say …

"I've never seen a 20-year-old with this quality. He's got something of [Tony] Yeboah and Cha [Bum-kun], and the physique of Gerd Müller. He's agile, lightning in transition and can score with his right foot, left foot and head."
Karl-Heinz Körbel, Eintracht record appearance-maker

"He has football in his genes. He's a street footballer and has a nose for goal. He scores with his head, his right or his left foot. He has technique and a powerful shot with both feet. He just has everything a striker needs."
Kevin-Prince Boateng, former Eintracht midfielder

What he says …

"Football has meant everything to me ever since I was a child. I would spend the whole day on the pitch and, obviously, it paid off. When I think about the fact that I might retire in ten years, I get scared. Football means everything to me. It hurts to think that one day I will have to stop playing."

"Every young player looks up to [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo. I love [Zlatan] Ibrahimović, but my idol is [Radamel] Falcao."

"This is the first time I've played in the group stage of the Europa League. It is really a phenomenal feeling to be part of this. There are more games, so we do get tired, but we don't complain and we won't complain if we were in Europe next season either."

*Appearance data includes games for Eintracht, Serbia and Serbia Under-21