Turin, Joao Pedro: blow to rekindle Verdi


TORINO – Two shots in one: the Bull continues to weave the canvas around Joao Pedro, Cagliari attacking midfielder with vocations as a pure striker who, before the stop, had scored 16 goals in 25 league games. It would be an important purchase in itself, that of the Brazilian, but also a graft able to help those who, up to now, have made it far below expectations. Clear reference to Simone Verdi, so disappointing in his second experience in the grenade, the first crossed with the gallons as a starter, as potentially decisive, for the fate of the Bull. He did not become a spellbuckle, the ex of Naples, however he has not been able to find within himself the mental resources to get out of the choir, very out of tune, staged by the Bull of Mazzarri (and partially of Longo). However, an unusual personality would have been needed to shine in a team gradually deprived of all energy. Same Belotti is Sirigu, that with Ansaldi they remain the only ones in the lot to have fielded something more than the others, in the last phase of the championship they let go. Even the times, have not helped him: taken at the last moment and with a lackluster preparation for Napoli behind him (promised to marry the grenade since the beginning of the summer market, he was then run out of it), he paid for the total absence from the withdrawal mazzarriano. Mazzarri who, thanks to the injury of Iago Falque who has tremendously complicated the tactical plans, has promised Verdi the position of offensive outside, unless he regularly uses it centrally. Often with added mezzala tasks. Being in the Bull 2018-19 would perhaps have loaded him, would have allowed him to carve out the right position on the field and, thanks to the group’s self-esteem, would have made him turn his legs more than his physical condition allowed him.

Department of 50 goals

The speech, however, has the opposite side of the coin. First of all there is a season to finish (if it will begin and if it will be completed), and then a vintage to prepare. Provided that the Bull avoid the B with a consequent general departure, Verdi will be able to set the next Serie A immediately from the grenade, with all the benefits of the case. In short, what has not materialized so far, will materialize in 2020-21: a Verdi at Bologna levels (10 goals and as many assists, in 2017-18). Where, with Donadoni the coach, he took the offensive ride in the trident, with Petkovic and above all Destro with a central point, and Palacio or Di Francesco in the opposite lane. A solution that could be replicated in Turin: Belotti central point, with Verdi on one side behind the Gallo Joao Pedro on the other. A rather offensive department, but balanced in both 3-4-3 and 4-3-3, and by potential 50 goals per season. […]

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