Ciro Immobile is a mobile goal poacher who has lived up to the hype so far.
He scored against Cagliari, provided an assist against Catania and then upset segments of the Juventus fanbase with his emotional celebration against his former club.
Is he the real deal?
It's a boulevard of broken dreams for prolific Serie B scorers in recent memory.
Federico Piovaccari, Éder, Francesco Tavano and Denis Godeas didn't replicate their goal-scoring feats in Serie A.
You also have to factor in Zdeněk Zeman's rabid attacking philosophy in general.
Marco Sau, who scored 20 goals for Zeman's Foggia, hasn't made the step up.
But let's talk about the situation at Pescara.
Don't underestimate the creative talents of Lorenzo Insigne, Marco Verratti and Emmanuel Cascione, who all played a major part in Immobile's breakout season.
Immobile belongs in Serie A, but he needs to tighten up his finishing. Eight shots per goal isn't good enough, and his notable fluff in front of Gianluigi Buffon let Juve off the hook.
Here's my scouting report of the game:
In a parallel universe, Ciro Immobile, Marco Borriello and Bosko Jankovic would have converted their chances and there wouldn’t have been a Juve comeback.
With regards to Immobile, he did score but that was after fluffing a one-on-one opportunity.
He caused havoc to Juve’s back three, has quality and started the season in great form—two goals and one assist in three games.
He’s an exciting prospect for Juve, who own 50 percent of his playing rights.
Andrea Barzagli (4.5/10): Generally plays the game in such a tranquil fashion, but it wasn’t the case against Genoa as he was caught off-guard by Immobile’s mobility.
Immobile's high upside trumps the short-term productivity of Fabio Quagliarella, Mirko Vučinić, Alessandro Matri and Nicklas Bendtner.
Watch Immobile's space because he could become Bianconeri's saviour. Comment below with your opinion.
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