When Marko Pjaca was handed the No. 10 jersey at Fiorentina, I think a lot of people thought that he was going to be a major player in an attack that featured a lot of other young talent.
That was in August.
Now that we’re in January, things are looking quite different.
Pjaca’s return to Italy after a loan spell in Germany during the second half of last season hasn’t exactly gone very well. So much so that Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio reported late Friday that Fiorentina could put a very early end to Pjaca’s year-long loan spell in Florence and the young Croatian winger could very well return to Turin during the current January transfer window.
Marko Pjaca’s experience at Fiorentina could end sooner than expected. The born in 95’ forward, who’s not played a lot under the Viola jersey, could return to Turin during this transfer window. Pioli’s intentions seem clear: keep the player and give him more playing time in the second part of the season. The Bianconero board will evaluate the number 10’s situation during the first two games after the break to understand if Pjaca will have some space after Muriel’s arrival at Fiorentina.
Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Pjaca, who is now almost two-full years removed from undergoing major knee surgery, has appeared in 16 games (eight starts, eight off the bench) for Fiorentina this season. In those 677 minutes, Pjaca has scored just one goal and recorded one assist. So on top of the inconsistent playing time, it’s not exactly like Pjaca’s performances have been all that impressive and a reason to his current manager, Stefano Pioli, to continue rolling him out on a consistent basis.
If Di Marzio’s report is on the money, then how Pjaca plays against Torino and Sampdoria could very well be the final determination as to whether he stays on at Fiorentina beyond the January transfer window.
Either way, I think we can safely say that it’s been a relatively disappointing season for Pjaca, who has been looking to kickstart his career again after major knee surgery while on international duty in March 2017.