Reports from Gianluca DiMarzio state that Nenad Tomovic has joined Chievo Verona on loan.
The Serbian international joined Fiorentina in the Summer of 2012, after impressing for Lecce, originally playing primarily as the right centre back in Montella's back three, before moving to right back as team switched to a four-at-the-back formation. With the arrival of Paulo Sousa, Tomovic moved back to a more central role, and saw his seniority within the club grow, being handed the captain's armband whenever la Viola were without captain Gonzalo Rodriguez or Borja Valero.
However, doubts over the quality of the player seem to have finally led the club to move on from one of the last remnants of the Montella era, and with a number of new defenders, including two new right backs, on the books Tomovic has been deemed surplus to mister Pioli's requirements.
Whilst it's as of yet unclear whether the loan agreement contains either an option or obligation to buy, this Summer's acquisition of Vincent Laurini and Bruno Gaspar makes it seem likely we've seen the last of Nenad at the Franchi.
Tomovic's tenure in Florence comes to a close with 160 appearances to his name, and though he's not deserving of the reverence given to Valero or Gonzalo, nor the wistful fondness afforded to other Montella era players like Jovetic or Rossi, Tomovic's dedication and passion for the club (as well as an oversized pair of rose-tinted glasses) will make me a little sad to see him go. His heart was always in the right place, even if his feet rarely were.
Whether like me you're sad to see a faithful servant to the club leave, or jubilantly celebrating that you'll never have to see the Serbian sabotage la Viola again, lets all enjoy this brief look back at some of the most ridiculous decisions ever made on a football pitch.