Disadvantages of Resuming the Current Serie A Season

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Last week, I wrote an article on the advantages of resuming the current Serie A season. This week will be the polar opposite. This article will be on the disadvantages of resuming the current Serie A season. So sit back, grab a chair, and get the popcorn ready. This should be a good one!

 

FIRST DISADVANTAGE: HEALTH AND SAFETY RISKS

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Group training is officially allowed to happen this week! However, there are many risks of contracting COVID-19. What is even more concerning is that the Italian Government changed the rules a little bit. If a player/staff member tests positive for the virus, only those individual people who test positive will be quarantined. That’s definitely controversial. When this season first got postponed, it was because Daniele Rugani tested positive for COVID-19. Initially, it was only him that tested positive. After that of course, other players tested positive for the virus. It should be the same protocol to resume the season. Unfortunately, it won’t be and now there’s a real risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 among the players and staff, which would definitely cancel the current season. It’s something that will have to be discussed among the FIGC and the Italian Government.

 

SECOND DISADVANTAGE: THE OPTICS OF IT MAY LOOK BAD

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One thing that should be considered is that there are still countries around the world where people are quarantined. It may lift people’s spirits to resume the season, but it could also cause anger and bring people down. It may not look good to some fans around the world that they’re in quarantine, while players can do their jobs and get paid the majority, if not all of their yearly salaries. People who are currently not bringing in a lot of income and are fully quarantined, may not see this in a good way. Also, the fact that the games will be played behind closed doors, may rub some fans the wrong way. However, to be fair, we don’t know when fans will ab able to fill up stadiums again, so it’s tough to cancel matches because of that.

 

THIRD DISADVANTAGE: THE PLAYERS WOULD BE MORE FATIGUED 

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Professional Calcio players are definitely in top shape. However, if the current season fully resumes, the matches will definitely be condensed.  Also, unless the start of the next season isn’t delayed by a couple of months, it would most likely cause more injuries among the players as well as fatigue. That would definitely be tough on everyone from the players to the coaching and medical staff. That may make resuming the season not worth it. The only good thing is that FIFA has permitted the use of five substitutes for a match. Here is the rule, for reference. That may help, but condensing the season would definitely impact the next season as well.

Whichever side you’re on in this debate, we can all agree that this is an unprecedented time and hopefully, soon enough fans are allowed to go to stadiums. Thank you for reading this article on the disadvantages of resuming the current Serie A season. Let me know in the comments section as well what your stance on resuming the current season is!

 

 

 

Advantages of Resuming the Current Serie A Season

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Earlier this week, Serie A clubs voted to resume the current season on June 13th. Pending, Italian Government approval, of course! So, I’ve decided to write an article on the advantages of resuming the current Serie A Season. Sometime, within the next week, I will write an article on the disadvantages of resuming the current Serie A season. So, stay tuned! Also, I wrote another relevant to this topic. It was about reasons for and against resuming the current season.  Anyways, here we go! 

 

First Advantage: It’s Something to Look Forward to For Fans 

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For some time, Serie A matches will be played behind closed doors. This would include the current season if it resumes. However, I’m sure fans would be glued to their television every weekend supporting their team. There are a lot of risks to resuming the current season. However, one advantage will be that’ll lift the spirits of Calcio fans around the world. For some, resuming the season would be like opening a birthday present. Also, from the amount of stuff that fans gone through over these past several months, it should provide them with some sense of normality. Although, it may not happen for months. It would definitely help fans, immensely! 

 

Second Advantage: Recovering Some of the Lost Revenue 

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According to The Telegraph, if Serie A cancels the current season, they’d lose 15-20% of the TV money that would be made if the full season was cancelled. According to The Telegraph, the amount they’d lose would be approximately 230 Million Pounds or 257.6 Million Euros. That loss of revenue is immense. Also, in the article, it’s pointed out that there’s a pandemic clause in the TV Deal, whereby even if the rest of the games are played behind closed doors, they will still receive the full TV deal fee. That’s huge for several reasons. One, it will give clubs more room to spend on stuff such as merchandising, marketing, player wages, transfer fees and may even help them to not be overwhelmed by operational costs for other employees and stadium maintenance costs. Clubs probably wouldn’t make all their revenue from the season back, but recovering some of the revenue by resuming the campaign would help.                 

 

Third Advantage: Broadcasters Would Benefit

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Normal fans may not see this as an advantage, but it is. If the season doesn’t resume, Serie A broadcasters would most likely lose tons of advertising revenue. Advertisers pay broadcasters to advertise their company during their programs. If a program such as Serie A is cancelled for the season, companies’ ads wouldn’t happen at different parts during, before and after the match because there’s no audience and no reach to promote their products/services. Therefore, broadcasters would lose a ton of ad revenue just on broadcasting Serie A, alone. In the future, that may hinder those broadcasters from airing matches because it wouldn’t be worth it for the costs they pay to show games. If the current campaign resumes, broadcasters would make some of the advertising revenue they lost back and in the future, they may feel it’s worth it to re-acquire the rights to broadcast Serie A. It might be a bit complicated to understand, but it would be an advantage for fans and broadcasters if the current Serie A season were to resume. 

 

Whether the current Serie A season resumes or not, remains to be seen. However, there are both advantages and disadvantages to resuming the season. However, this article is about the advantages of resuming the current Serie A season. Thank you for reading this article and let me know your thoughts on the advantages of resuming the current campaign. 

 

Inter Milan’s Needs in the Summer Transfer Window

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So far, it’s been a season fulls of many ups and downs for Inter. They definitely possess the talent to compete for Scudetto. However, they’ve been exposed in some areas. So, here’s my latest article where I write about Inter Milan’s needs in the Summer Transfer Window. 

 

First Need: A Right-Back/Right-Wingback 

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As I’ve eluded to in previous articles such as this one, a top right-back at a decent price is tough to find. However, like some other clubs, Inter definitely needs one. In Inter’s case, their search is even more difficult, though. Antonio Conte likes to play a 3-5-2, which requires wingbacks. It’s tough to suggest right-wing backs they should go for just because not a lot of clubs play with that formation.  However, one player that could maybe fit that mould is Joao Cancelo. He definitely has to work on his ability to defend. But, he’s fast and can definitely create a lot of great attacking plays from that position. Victor Moses is not good enough in that position for Inter, neither is Candreva. Also, signing Cancelo would be simpler than the last couple of summers, considering at Manchester City, he hasn’t gotten playing time. This is definitely Inter’s biggest need and an area they should invest in, in the Summer. 

 

Second Need: A Box-to-Box Central Midfielder 

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This is an interesting one because, on paper, their starting midfield doesn’t have flaws. It definitely has little vulnerability. However, if Inter can, it’d be great if they tried to sign a box-to-box midfielder in the next transfer window. Now, this is a tough position to go for just because similarly to a right-back, it’s tough to find a top box-to-box midfielder for a cheap price. For this Summer, I don’t think it’s realistic for them to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic or Paul Pogba, who can play that position. However, since Stefano Sensi is injury-prone, maybe, they can sign a box-to-box midfielder to rotate with him, throughout next season. This is not their primary need in the Summer, but it’s an area worth looking at.  

 

Third Need: Depth at Centreback 

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Within Inter’s starting 11, they definitely have top Centrebacks. The likes of Skriniar, De Vrij and even Bastoni have been tremendous this season. The only thing Inter needs to improve in this area is their depth. Godin has lived up to expectations at Inter. However, I think he’d be a great backup option. I think that if Inter wants to improve their depth in this area, looking at players such as Kumbulla, Armando Izzo, or even Felipe may help immensely. It’d also be good to increase competition with any of those signings, which would increase their level of performance. Hopefully, they can sign either of those three or others in the centreback position. 

Maybe, the current season resumes and Inter improves their place in the standings. However, either way, these needs should be addressed. Of course, if it can be done. So, there you have it, here’s this article where I discuss Inter Milan’s needs in the summer transfer window. 

 

 

 

 

Why Fabio Paratici Needs to Rebound This Summer

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Last Summer, it was quite obvious that Fabio Paratici failed to address Juve’s needs. Signings such as Danilo didn’t help. Hopefully, this summer Paratici gets his redemption. So, here are the reasons why Fabio Paratici needs to rebound this summer. Be sure to enjoy!

 

1. To Satisfy Fans

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A lot of fans tend not to be experts. However, the power of fans shouldn’t be dismissed. A good portion of the time, clubs such as Juve, make marketing decisions to cater to fans. That’s one of the reasons why they’re successful. But, fans may boycott the club if they don’t make great player-personnel decisions. It was quite obvious that Paratici made a few blunders, last summer. In my opinion as a fan, the biggest blunder was selling Joao Cancelo and not adequately replacing him. Now, I don’t know what happens at training and in the locker room, but Paratici should’ve found a better replacement. It seemed as though, signing Danilo was done out of panic. Also, not addressing Juve’s Central Midfield probably didn’t help fan opinion. This summer, Paratici will need to come back strong if he wants fans to be satisfied.

 

 2. To Help Juve’s Chances of Winning the Champions League

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We don’t know what’ll happen with the Champions League this season. However, because Paratici didn’t address Juve’s biggest needs adequately last summer, I didn’t think Juve was a serious Champions League contender this season. In my opinion, it’s obvious which areas Juve needs to address this summer. A previous article of mine talks about one of them. Here is the article. I’d argue Juve’s biggest need to become a serious Champions League contender, is their central midfield. Since 2017, Juve has lacked a top central midfielder. For Paratici to redeem himself, he’ll need to look into signing a top central midfielder. I know that’s not a simple signing. But, to be a serious contender for the Champions League, that’s a must! Another position on the squad, Paratici needs to seriously address this summer is at right-back. Since Lichtsteiner left, Juve has lacked a right-back that can defend well and influence the attack at the same time. Anyways, for Paratici to rebound in July and August, he needs to make signings that’ll give Juve a great chance at winning the Champions League.

Paratici will definitely have a massive challenge trying to address Juve’s needs while adapting to the possibly unusual Summer Transfer Window this year. Thank you for reading this article on why Fabio Paratici needs to rebound this summer.

AC Milan’s Needs in the Summer Transfer Window

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Coming into the season, AC Milan had high hopes. However, it hasn’t turned out well for them, so far. This summer may revive the hopes of the club and fans. So, here is an article on AC Milan’s needs in the Summer Transfer Window.

 

A Leader On The Field

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When Zlatan Ibrahimovic came back to Milan in January, I pointed out in this article, that one of the reasons he’d help AC Milan is his leadership qualities. Obviously, he’s brought a ton of leadership to the squad so far this season. However, there’s a good chance he won’t re-sign with the Rossoneri in the summer. Therefore, I think that AC Milan will need to look elsewhere to find a proven leader on the field, considering how young a lot of their players are. It’s tough to say who AC Milan should go for in the summer.  This would be difficult, but I would suggest that AC Milan should go for Thiago Silva in the Summer. His contract expires on June 30th. Also, he has proven to be a leader on PSG and the Brazilian National squad.  Hence, why he was named PSG’s captain some seasons ago.

 

A Right-Back

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AC Milan definitely needs to address their backline in the summer. I’m sure a lot of fans would agree with that assessment. One position that I think needs to be addressed is at right-back. It’s no secret that Andrea Conti is injury-prone and unfortunately, that doesn’t make him a reliable right-back. Also, I personally believe that Davide Calabria is a good backup right-back. However, I don’t think he’s good enough to be playing the minutes he has. The question is, who can AC Milan sign to address this need. It’s tough to say because it’s very difficult to find a top right-back and at a cheap price. Also, consider some clubs have the better financial muscle and they need a right-back as well.

 

A Centre-Back

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When AC Milan bought Mateo Musacchio in 2017, there were many reasons to be excited. Indeed, he was a standout player for Villareal and they thought that maybe Romagnoli would finally get the help he deserved. However, signing him has been a disaster, to say the least.  Romagnoli has had to carry even more of the weight of the backline on his shoulders. Leo Duarte has been a decent partner for Romagnoli. However, I don’t believe he’s been good enough to not sign another centre-back in the summer. However, if AC Milan is somehow able to sign Thiago Silva in the summer, I believe he’ll address two of these issues. I’ll repeat it again, just in case AC Milan’s Upper-Management hasn’t seen it before. Please, try your best to sign Thiago Silva in the summer!

 

An Attacking-Oriented Central Midfielder

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I definitely consider signing an attacking-oriented central midfielder a need for AC Milan. However, I think that other needs should be addressed first before this one. Notably, their backline. However, this is still a need, nonetheless.  It seems as though they are fine at the defensive midfield position, as they have Franck Kessie and Bennacer. Both have shown that they’re capable of being starters in that position for AC Milan, at least in my view. However, they lack central midfielders that can orchestrate attacking plays. Bonaventura is awesome, however, he tends to get injuries. I have nothing against his play on the field. But, I think that AC Milan should consider signing a more reliable midfielder with a similar playing style as him.

Indeed, it’s apparent from this article that AC Milan has a bunch of needs heading into the Summer Transfer Window. However, it may not be easy to address all these issues so fast. Thanks for reading this article on AC Milan’s needs in The Summer Transfer Window. If, you want to have your say, vote in the poll below!

Reasons For and Against Serie A Resuming Its Current Season

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The resumption of many sports league’s seasons around the world has been a hot button topic among fans and organizers, lately. In this article, I will provide reasons for and against Serie A resuming its current season.

Reason #1 Against Resuming the Current Season: The Health and Safety of Players and Staff May Be in Danger

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Earlier this week, Italian Minister of Sport, Vincenzo Spadafora warned that the current Serie A season could be discontinued if they don’t change proposed health and safety protocols. If they are to resume the season, of course, health and safety will have to come first before anything else. If the Italian government feels that their proposed health and safety protocols aren’t good enough, then there’s no better reason why Serie A should resume this season.

Reason #2 Against Resuming the Current Season: The Optics May Not Look Good

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Even if this season resumes, I think it’s obvious that there won’t be fans at stadiums for a while. Now, to be fair, we don’t know how long a while is. However, many fans will not like the decision to resume because they may think that all the club executives care about is making a profit. Also, with all that the world has gone through with this crisis and especially in Italy fans may see it as insensitive to resume the season.

Reason #1 For Resuming the Serie A Season: It May Bring Happiness To People During These Uncertain Times

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The power of the beautiful game has been demonstrated in so many ways. I’m not saying resuming the season would fix all the bad things that Covid-19 has done. However, resuming the current season may give those who are feeling anxious or sad some happiness. It could even give people hope that we’ll get out of this and there’s a rainbow at the end of the tunnel. You never know if it could have this type of effect on people. But, there’s certainly a good possibility of that.

Reason #2 For Resuming the Serie A Season: Clubs Are Losing Money and It May Effect Them For Seasons to Come

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This may not be worrisome at all for fans of the league. However, for club executives, it definitely is. According to statista, the estimated amount of revenue that the Serie A could lose as a result of this crisis close to 650 million Euros. Now, this may not affect clubs such as Juventus or even Inter Milan. But, for smaller clubs in Serie A, this will have detrimental effects. Not only will it force clubs not to spend any money in the transfer market, but it may also force these clubs to sell important players, therefore, weakening their squads, which would lead to a whole downward spiral.

Thanks for reading this article on reasons for and against Serie A resuming its current season. So, do you think Serie A should resume the current season? Also, why or why not?

Clubs That Should Sign Moise Kean in the Summer

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It obviously didn’t work out for Moise Kean at Everton this season. It was definitely frustrating for him. He probably didn’t get the playing time that he wanted in England. So, here’s an article about clubs that should look to sign Moise Kean in the Summer. 

 

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Roma may not desperately need another striker. However, they should definitely look into it. As much as Dzeko is their main no. 9, it definitely wouldn’t hurt for them to buy a cheap player off the bench such as Moise Kean. Firstly, it would take the pressure off of Dzeko to have to constantly score. Also, with someone such as Moise Kean on the bench, Dzeko may become less fatigued as the season goes on. Additionally, as a fan of the Italian National Team, it’d be great to see two top prospects in Italy in Zaniolo and Kean playing alongside each other. It’d be a treat to watch. 

 

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During the 2018-2019 season, things were looking great for Moise Kean. He was getting a good amount of playing time for Juventus and was performing well. Here’s the article I wrote on why I thought that selling Moise Kean was a mistake for Juve. In 13 Serie A appearances, he scored 6 goals. For a player that young in a top league, that’s very impressive! However, to the surprise of many fans, last summer Juve decided to sell Moise Kean to Everton. I think that Juve should try to use that buyback option to bring him back to Turin. If he was able to perform well for Juve before, what would stop him now? Like Allegri, I believe that Sarri could get Moise Kean to perform like he did previously at Juve. It’s definitely worth it for Juve, in my opinion.                      

                               

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Inter fans may be surprised by this. But, I genuinely believe that Inter is one of the clubs that should sign Moise Kean in the Summer. Of course, he wouldn’t be a starter considering they’ll keep Lukaku and possibly still Lautaro Martinez for next season. However, since Conte likes to play two strikers in the starting 11, Moise Kean and Sebastiano Esposito would be great backups. Also, with the number of competitions, Inter is expected to participate in the next season, they may welcome more depth. The only issue would be that if Conte doesn’t like Moise Kean, he wouldn’t get adequate enough playing time. But, other than that, I believe it’d work. 

Thanks for reading this article! I’d love to hear which club you think should sign Moise Kean in the Summer. 

                                                               

 

 

The Three Best No. 10s in Serie A this Season

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Over the years, Serie A has offered some of the best No. 10s of all-time. Del Piero, Baggio, Maradona, and Totti are among those legendary No. 10s. Presently, there are lots of great No. 10s to choose from in Italy. So, I’ve decided to write an article on the three best No.10s this season in Serie A. So, let’s get to it!

3. Lautaro Martinez

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Lautaro Martinez isn’t a typical No. 10. What I mean by that is he’s not primarily a playmaker and has played as a striker this season and throughout his career at Inter, so far. There’s no denying his talent, though. I’d argue he’s probably the most well-rounded strikers in Serie A. He’s a great dribbler and playmaker. Also, he can definitely score. He definitely complements Lukaku perfectly well as well. In my opinion, he reminds me of Carlos Tevez or Sergio Aguero, style-wise at least. Like them, his first touch and dribbling ability, especially in tight quarters are top-notch. Also, his ability to evade defenders reminds me a lot of those two. He’s definitely the youngest player in this article and has plenty of room to grow. I’d love to see how good he can become as his career progresses.

2. Luis Alberto

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Luis Alberto has definitely shown how good he can be throughout his time at Lazio. When you think of a typical playmaker, it’s him. He’s not the best goalscorer. But, what he brings to the table is his ability to pass, which is top-class. Currently, he leads the league in assists with 12. I mean, it helps when you have Immobile in front of you for sure. But, he’s definitely been one of the most overlooked trequartistas in world football. Typically, he either plays at the CAM position or CM position, as he does the most damage there. He’s definitely been a key part of Lazio’s success this season and hopefully, he remains at Lazio through the foreseeable future.

1. Paulo Dybala

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It’s no secret that Paulo Dybala has been Juve’s most important player this season. Indeed, without la Joya, who knows where they’d be in the Serie A standings. He hasn’t had great numbers in terms of assists and goals. However, his impact goes beyond numbers, as is this season it has. A big reason he’s been so crucial for Juve this season is because he’s that player that links the midfield to the attack. Also, Juve’s midfield has been subpar, so he’s had to carry the load in terms of playmaking for Juve. Even, Totti said recently that Dybala is the best No. 10 in Serie A, currently. If Juve finally addresses their major issues in the middle of the field this summer, next season we may see Dybala become Serie A’s top player by far.

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Serie A’s Top Five Strikers From 2010-2019

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Last decade, Serie A declined a lot compared to previous ones, at least in my view. However, despite that, they were many tremendous Strikers that were fun to watch. As a result, I’m writing an article on Serie A’s top five strikers from 2010-2019. Before I start, I want to mention that I excluded several notable strikers that played for three seasons or less during this time because I wanted to use number 9s that played in Serie A for a good portion of last decade. My apologies to Carlos Tevez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, and Diego Forlan. Anyways, here’s my list.

5. Miroslav Klose

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Before Miroslav Klose arrived in Italy, he had pretty much cemented his place as a football legend. However, his time at Lazio further cemented his legacy. With 55 goals in 139 appearances for Lazio in Serie A, he proved his worth. He stood out to me. Previously, I watched him in the Champions League and in international tournaments. However, watching him on a weekly basis helped me gain more appreciation for him. His aerial ability impressed me the most.

4. Mauro Icardi

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This is definitely a controversial choice. Mauro Icardi has definitely caused his fair share of trouble off the pitch. However, there’s no denying that last decade he was one of the best strikers in Serie A. He scored 111 goals in 188 appearances for Inter. He was definitely a goalscoring machine. He imposes his will on defenders in the 18-yard box. Even, the toughest of defenders have a tough time marking him. Even Chiellini said in the past that other than Cristiano Ronaldo, Icardi is the toughest opponent he’s marked in the 18-yard box.

3. Antonio Di Natale

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Antonio Di Natale is probably one of the most underrated strikers to play in Serie A, maybe even in soccer, in general. At the beginning of the last decade, he was already at or past his peak. Despite that, he still carried Udinese on his shoulders for many seasons until his retirement. His goalscoring record and ability to be a leader, speak for themselves. However, one thing that stood out was his playing style. In my view, he was one of the most well-rounded strikers I’ve seen play. Not only, could he score goals, but his playmaking ability was top-notch. His soccer IQ was also legendary.

2. Gonzalo Higuain

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In 2013, when Napoli signed Gonzalo Higuain, I don’t think they knew just how good he’d be. He was world-class at Napoli and very good at Juve as well. People still make fun of him for missing an open net chance in the 2014 World Cup. Despite that, it’s nearly impossible not to see how good he’s been in Serie A. He’s declined a little bit at Juventus. But, he still has a tremendous eye for goal that shouldn’t be overlooked. Sometimes, I wonder what would’ve happened if he signed with Napoli earlier in his career.

1. Ciro Immobile

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Ciro Immobile has drawn criticism for his performances within the Italian National Squad. However, in Serie A he’s been the best striker over several seasons. His positioning in the box, as well as his speed, is the perfect combination to make life difficult for any defender. From 2011-2019 he played for Lazio, Torino as well as Genoa within Serie A. However, it was with Torino in 2013-2014 when he made his mark on the football world. Since then, he’s proven his worth. Now, please perform the same for the Italian National squad, Ciro!

Napoli’s Biggest Needs in the Summer Transfer Window

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Napoli’s fans and players will definitely want to forget that this season happened, altogether. However, maybe this season was good because it highlighted lingering Napoli has had for some seasons. So, here are Napoli’s biggest needs in the Summer Transfer Window!

The Right-wing Position

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Jose Callejon was once an effective player for Napoli. However, it’s been obvious for a while, that isn’t the case anymore. He’s definitely past his prime and Napoli should get rid of him or buy a right-winger to take his place. Now, of course, there’s Hirving Lozano who Napoli bought in the Summer of 2019. But, he hasn’t gotten a lot of playing time over the course of this season and hasn’t proven he can be a consistent starter, yet. Napoli should at least keep him though, as he still has tons of potential. It’s pretty clear to me that Napoli has lacked a substantial attacking threat down the right side of the field and it’s something they need to address in the summer.

The Left-back Position

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Faouzi Ghoulam has definitely proven he’s more than capable of being a starter for Napoli. Unfortunately, his flaw is that he’s injury-prone. Now, I’m not trying to say Napoli should sell him, but they should at least buy a left-back that can at least compete for a starting place with him. Mario Rui has warranted a lot of criticism, in my opinion. He’s not the worst at contributing on the offensive end. However, defensively, he definitely leaves himself exposed multiple times over the course of each match. Therefore, I believe Napoli should look to sell him in the summer. Especially, if they’ve already bought another left-back.

Conclusion

Whichever needs you believe that Napoli has to address in the Summer Transfer Window, one thing is clear. That’s the fact that Napoli needs to improve next season, as this season they’ve performed way below expectations.

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