Felipe Anderson struck two beauties as Lazio beat Torino 2-0 last weekend to extend t新彩网heir winning run to five consecutive Serie A matches, resulting in a new wave of well-earned praise for the Brazilian winger.
Last season the club hit their lowest depth for several years with a ninth place finish. Regular viewers of the Aquile could plainly see that the chaotic mishaps of Lorik Cana, Michael Ciani and Diego Novaretti were having a destructive effect on the squad’s potential.
The transfer itself was a statement of intent, a declaration of the club’s desire to reclaim their place at the summit of Italian football. But even more importantly, it was finally the moment that Claudio Lotito decided to shell out on the right area of the squad after years of confusing and fumbled moves in the market.
The importance of De Vrij’s signing last summer cannot be understated. The 23-year-old was fresh off an impressive World Cup campaign with the Netherlands that had seen him attract serious inte皇马赌场rest from Manchester United, but the Biancocelesti saw off the competition to bring him in.
Santiago Gentiletti appeared to be an assured and quality defender before he unfortunately sustained a serious injury that has kept him out for most of the season. But there is even better news around the corner for Laziali, as De Vrij’s compatriot Wesley Hoedt has already been secured for next season.
De Vrij has performed admirably in his first Serie A season and has now formed a solid partnership with January arrival Mauricio. The Biancocelesti have conceded 27 goals so far this season, the third best in the league behind Juventus and Roma, and a vast improvement on what came before.
The club have kept 10365bet平台娱乐 clean sheets in the Dutch international’s 24 Serie A appearances. His transfer fee of just over £5.5 million last summer is now looking to be something of a coup, given that at 23 he still has many years ahead of him to improve further.
The 21-year-old AZ Alkmaar centre-back comes highly rated in his home country and alongside the ever-improving and confident De Vrij, the future looks much rosier for Lazio’s backline than it had appeared only a year ago.
By the end of the season Lazio had conceded 54 goals, a tally only surpassed by six other teams in the entire top flight. That record was even more significant when you consider that the notoriously cautious Edy Reja was in charge for the second half of the campaign.
However, just as deserving of praise was Stefan de Vrij, the rock at the heart of an Aquile defence that has only conceded two goals in that series of victories, including three consecutive clean sheets.