Another summer, another round of departures. That’s just the way it is for clubs of Torino’s ilk, making every penny spent on reinforcements all the more important. Fortunately for the Granata, their recruitment policy has proved highly successful, striking lucky with hidden gems and fallen stars.
Having lost the likes of Blerim Dzemaili, Rolando Bianchi and Danilo D’Ambrosio in recent seasons, last summer was no different. Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci, talismen of the previous campaign and Italian representatives at the World Cup, sought pastures new in the summer. Enter Fabio Quagliarella.
The 32-year-old had been in dire need of a change of scenery after spending most of his Juventus career as a subst正规赌博网itute. An explosive 捕鱼平台start to his spell with the Old Lady saw him net nine League goals in his first 17 appearances until a serious knee injury against Parma ruled him out for the rest of 2010-11.
It seemed to have cost Quagliarella his top-level career. His goal against Chelsea in the Champions League aside, the man who wowed crowds at Udinese and Napoli among many others and became an idol for non-conformist followers of Calcio had looked a shadow of himself in the seasons which followed.
Consequently, he wasn’t considered a desirable project for prospective parties – in the international wilderness, injury prone, a lack of goals and being employed by the Scudetto holders on big wages. Nevertheless, Torino opted to take a chance on the former Sampdoria forward, a gamble which has paid off, with the forward .
hg娱乐棋牌 The story of players returning to haunt their past employers is not new, and so it happened again when the Turin outfit hosted the Blucerchiati on Sunday. Inside just 16 minutes, the attacker popped up at the right place at the right time in the box to blast a volley past Emiliano Viviano for the opening goal.
His second may have only been a penalty, but it still needed Quagliarella’s iron nerve. Even if his adversary managed to guess the right way, the Naples native’s trademark shooting ability was evident once more as he slammed the spot-kick into the top-right corner of the Samp net.
The hitman also has a penchant for wonder-strikes, and his third and final effort of the afternoon was worthy of such a description. Driven by pure instinct, he brought down a difficult ball with his right boot, caught it in his stride and unleashed an angled drive in no less than three touches.
His match-winning exploits against Samp made it eight for the season. In fact, only one of his goals – again at the expense of a former club in Napoli – hasn’t resulted in Serie A points for Torino this season, despite his barren patch between October and January.
Quagliarella may not have completed the 90 minutes, but his work for the day was more than done as he claimed the match ball and went off to a standing ovation. More significantly, he becomes the second birthday boy after Marco Parolo to be nominated for this award. Coincidence? I think not…