Djurdjevic, life insurance for David Gallego's project

The Serbian striker, who gives the coach confidence in his performance this season, has scored almost 60% of the team's goals.


Sporting has closed in the playoff positions a remarkable first round that has had its own name: Uros Djurdjevic. The Serbian striker has 12 league goals, almost 60% of which the Gijon team has achieved, which allows him to top the competition's scorers table alongside Raúl de Tomás.

The performance of Djurdjevic is today one of the keys to the project and to the success of David Gallego in the first half of the calendar, it is all life insurance for the Catalan coach. The scoring ability of this 26-year-old footballer has been awakened this season and begins to put an end to the doubts that had been generated last year with his hiring two years ago, under the sports direction of Miguel Torrecilla.

Uros Djurdjevic (Belgrade, 1994), a fierce and willful forward, very uncomfortable for the rival defenses, arrived in Gijón in the summer of 2018 from the beginning and his first months in Spanish football sowed the first unknowns around his signing, at that time the most expensive in Sporting history. The Asturian club paid the Greek Olimpiakos 2.5 million euros for his transfer, a figure that was left behind the following year with the arrival of Manu García (Manchester City, 4 million plus variables) .

That label was too heavy a burden for Djuka in his first steps in Spain. It took him no less than four months to get his first goal as a sportinguista; arrived on December 1, 2018 against Tenerife. That year ended with 11 goals in 38 league games plus the same in the Copa del Rey, twelve in total, a figure that has already been matched this year.

It seemed that the first year could have served as an adaptation to explode in the second. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the 37 matches of the regular competition he was only able to score six goals, with a double against Lugo, his best match. This resulted in the fact that, in the midst of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, the name of Uros Djurdjevic was noted last summer as a possible object of transfer.But the commitment to him from the new sports director, Javi Rico, and the new coach was decisive. "I think David Gallego helped me a lot when he arrived and I took a lot of confidence," explained Djuka at the end of the match against Fuenlabrada in which he got his third double this season (he also scored two goals against Girona and Las Palmas). "I like how we play now; the team does very well," he added.

His goals are the best complement for the defensive security that Sporting de Gallego shows every day. If the streak continues, the team from Gijón will ultimately be a serious contender in the fight for promotion. "I think we are going to fight for something very good this year," says Uros Djurdjevic convinced since the season began.

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