Radosav Petrovic joined Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2011 hoping to become an established Premier League player. But with his side on the verge of relegation Petrovic has failed to impress at Ewood Park despite only playing 17 times for the Lancashire side.
Steve Kean snapped up the Serbian International for an undisclosed fee, signing a four year contract in August 2011 and had high hopes for the defensive midfielder who had just cemented his place in the Serbian starting 11.
The 6’ 4” defensive midfielder started his career at his hometown club FK Jedinstvo Ub, playing in every rank of the youth system before eventually breaking his way in to the senior team in 2006.
After an impressive first season in senior football Petrovic moved to FK Ranicki Obrenovac and was soon on the radars of top Serbian club Partizan Belgrade. The midfielder’s performances were rewarded with an international debut as he was selected to play for the Serbian U21 side. And in the summer of 2008 Petrovic made the dream move and signed a five year contract at Partizan.
The midfielder made his debut in a Champions League qualifier against FC Inter Baku in August of that year and in the same season won the double winning the Serbian SuperLiga and the Serbian Cup. The midfielder also scored his first goal for Partizan in the final of the cup, in which they won 3-0 against FK Sevojno.
Petrovic went on to win the Serbian Cup again in 2011 and won the SuperLiga three times in three consecutive seasons. The midfielder was also named in the SuperLiga team of the year for two consecutive seasons having been an influential figure in his side’s success.
In 2009 Petrovic made his full international debut against South Africa and was later selected in the final 23 man squad to represent Serbia at the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Having made just one appearance at the World Cup, Petrovic is now a regular for his country.
After successful back to back seasons in Serbia Petrovic embarked on a new journey, encouraged by Steve Kean’s plans for the future the Serbian was adamant on signing for the Premier League outfit, and on the 9th August Radosav Petrovic signed a four year contract for the Lancashire side.
Steve Kean had vowed to guide Rovers and Petrovic in to European football, but instead Blackburn find themselves embroiled in a relegation dog fight with just five games remaining, a long way from the glorious European football Steve Kean promised.
It is fair to say Petrovic has failed to impress in the 17 games he has played. He has not adapted to the English game which is renowned for its physicality and fast tempo and has failed to break the midfield partnership of Pedersen and Nzonzi.
When given the chance the midfielder has failed to take it. Earlier in the season Petrovic was given a run of four or five games where he was named in the starting 11. But with a lack of grit and determination he soon slipped down the pecking order. His composure on the ball is nowhere near as good as fellow defensive midfielder Nzonzi.
Relegation beckons for Blackburn and with the possibility of big names leaving in the summer, Petrovic may be required to show his potential in the Championship next season, but with nobody quite sure who will go and who will stay, Petrovic’s English career could be short lived.