Possibly the most exciting part of Prandelli's arrival to the Azzurri is the wave of talent he is expected to introduce at striker. Easily Italy's biggest weakness under Marcello Lippi's second term, the attack in Italy has been nothing short of laughable ever since 2006. With Italian legends Del Piero and Totti past their Azzurri days, Lippi made the horrendous mistake of choosing players who may give their all, but simply do not possess the skill of their Italian superiors. Lippi saw past several incredible talents, and in turn, cost Italy the 2010 world cup.
Although Prandelli is expected to bring a bit of Lippi's friendship biased towards his own friend, Alberto Gilardino, he is also expected to introduce an overhaul in the Italian attack.
The first name on Prandelli's list has to be none other then Antonio Cassano, the creative genius from Sampdoria who, throughout his career has been snubbed time after time. His is a talent that Italy cannot afford to squander, and Cassano should find his way to an unquestioned starting position in the Italian line up for a long time.
The next name has to be perhaps the most intriguing player in Italy. Inter Milan's Mario Balotelli. At 20 years of age, Balotelli has proved his worth at both Inter and in the under 21 azzurri squad. With the ability to strike from 35 yards with ease, Balotelli posses the potential to be the worlds greatest striker in the years to come. No one in Italy has the potential that Mario does, and despite his questionable behaviour, Balotelli CANNOT be overlooked any longer. With the right guidance from Prandelli and Azzurri veterans such as Daniele De Rossi, Balotelli could be the next big thing in the world of football.
Others who should join Prandelli's list of Azzurri strikers are American born Giuseppe Rossi, and perhaps Italy's best striker in 2010, Fabio Quagliarella. Quagliarella showed his abilities in Italy's final match against Slovakia, striking twice in 5 minutes (although one was controversially called offside).
With a spot almost garunteed to go to Prandelli's Fiorentina top choice Alberto Gilardino, the final spot will most likely come down to Fabrizio Miccoli and Giampaolo Pazzini. With Miccoli already past 30, the nod should probably go to Pazzini, despite Miccoli's incredible talent, he has unfortunatly been snubbed for too long, as his time has past.
In a 4-2-3-1 formation, the starters could be a 3 way line up of Quagliarella, Cassano, and Rossi, with Mario Balotelli the lone striker up front.
How's that for intimidating attack?