The 29 year old Serb has certainly more than divided opinion since his arrival on Merseyside, in fact the general consensus is that he’s not good enough to wear the famous red shirt. That may be true in the long term as it’s true his passing and dribbling ability is limited. You could still argue Milan hasn’t had the chance to settle in the Premier League, a total of 5 starts and 5 sub appearances in the league since his arrival is hardly a fair chance to impress.
Liverpool’s recent Europa league games against Braga (games in which the frozen out Jovanovic was not in the squad for) really showed that Liverpool lack width, the problem may have been apparent for a while, but in recent games against Wigan, West Ham, Prague and Braga it has been more than obvious that the problem is costing the team games. A recurring theme has set about Liverpool in these games; Lucas passes to Maxi/Cole who then passes back to Lucas who passes to Carragher who hoofs the ball upfield. Lucas and Meireles badly need a decent outlet outwide, someone who hugs the touchline.
Liverpool realistically need to win 6 or 7 out of their remaining 8 games to have a chance of qualifying for Europe, to do this we will need some decent width in the team as teams have exploited our lack of it, especially with the new number 9 Andy Carroll coming into the side and threatening aerially.
I think the player to give us some width is Jovanovic, whilst it may be a controversial choice, I feel he is a player who is not afraid to get his head down and run at players, add to that his decent pace-another thing hugely lacking in the side and his almost bullish strength-demonstrated by the way he brushed aside Bacary Sagna during a driving run against Arsenal in the opening game of the season. His fairly strong left foot should also be able to unleash some crosses and shots, he has attributes which frighten defenders, something which Joe Cole and Maxi Rodriguez are failing to do. Milan Jovanovic is also a man who will give everything for the shirt, and I think is dying for a chance, which in my opinion he should be given.