As rumours of Milos Jojic's impending move to Borussia Dortmund quickly spread throughout the media, many Dortmund fans were left bewildered, having never heard of the latest arrival. The Serbian reportedly joined the club for €2.5 million from FK Partizan Belgrade, as per the club's official website (via Stefan Coerts of Goal.com).
Here at Bleacher Report, we've decided take a close look at the promising Serbian midfielder and what he could bring to the faltering Bundesliga giant.
Jojic, 21, is the latest gem to come out of the famous Partizan football academy, the one that produced the likes of Adem Ljajic, Stevan Jovetic and Lazar Markovic, among many others in recent years.
An attacking midfielder by trait, Jojic is well-versed in almost every aspect of the modern game. His powerful right foot is a direct threat to the opposing goalkeeper, and he's not afraid to try his luck from distance.
Perhaps more importantly, Jojic has also shown that he's an outstanding team player when needed, as his through passes split defences and set up teammates with an unbearable ease.
However, his willingness to help his teammates doesn't just stop there. Although an attacking-minded player, Jojic can often be seen tracking back and defending.
If you need further proof of his undoubted ability, here are some statistics which show how vital he has been for FK Partizan this year.
Jojic has scored six goals and recorded seven assists alongside 26 key passes (all a record high for Partizan so far) in just 15 league appearances this year and has recently received the Jelen Super Liga Player of the Year award for his performances in 2013.
He was also a standout player for Partizan in 2012/13 as his remarkable performances helped them win the league title for the sixth consecutive time, beating archrivals FK Crvena Zvezda thanks to his last-minute, free-kick goal in what proved to be a title-deciding match.
Nevertheless, he is far from a finished product.
The Serbian youngster has, even when his performances were unparalleled to his teammates, shown signs of inconsistency, as he failed to score in eight consecutive matches this year.
Since the Super Liga is notoriously known for its often slow pace of football with minimal effort from both sets of players, his physical endurance might be another reason for concern. Arriving at a club that is known for its never-say-die attitude might be a problem for Jojic, as his legs will now be put to the test on a more constant basis.
However, at just €2.5 million, Dortmund may well have unearthed a gem of a player who, given the proper treatment, could easily follow in the footsteps of Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski.
Statistics courtesy of JSL fantasy.