Sporting has closed a remarkable first round in the playoff positions that has had its own name: Uros Djurdjevic. Serbian striker he has 12 goals in the league, almost 60% of those achieved by the Gijon team which allows him to top the competition's scorers table with Raúl de Tomás.
Djurdjevic's performance is today one of the keys to the project and 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.
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Uros Djurdjevic (Belgrade, 1994), fierce and willful striker, very uncomfortable for rival defenders, arrived in Gijón in the summer of 2018 from and his first months in Spanish football sowed the first unknowns around his signing, at that time the most expensive in the history of Sporting. 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. Nothing less than four months it took him 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 another in the Copa del Rey, twelve in total, a figure that has already been equaled 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 games 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 signed up last summer as possible transfer object.
But the bet on 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 became very confident, “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 it 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.