4+4 – these are the important figures that Lazio need to decide on this upcoming season.
Serie A clubs have had to register a squad of a maximum 25 players since the 2015/16 season: U21 players are not necessary to register as they are not included but Lazio, as well as the other clubs in Serie A, have to register at least 4 players that are homegrown at the club and 4 players that have been brought up in another Italian club. This “homegrown” status consists of being registered in an Italian club for a total of 36 months between the ages of 16 to 21.
Lazio, this past January, registered Thomas Strakosha,Marco Parolo,Ciro Immobile, Davide Di Gennaro, Luca Crecco, Alessandro Murgia and Guido Guerrieri. – they therefore did not meet the requirements and had to register one less player in the squad.
Lazio this summer have the 6 players of Danilo Cataldi, Cristiano Lombardi, Joseph Minala, Simone Palombi, Luca Germoni and Alessandro Rossi returning from loan – many of them will most likely attend the annual summer camp at Auronzo Di Cadore before Simone Inzaghi makes the final cut. Who of them will Lazio take to be a part of the squad for the upcoming season?
Many laziali had a hard time to comprehend what Lazio saw in the ageing midfielder Davide Di Gennaro last summer, but the answer is easy. He was a cheap option to help fill the equation. Hopefully Lazio this summer wouldn’t be forced to make this stretch in terms of quality.
It’s otherwise easy to be excited about the rumors about Strakosha to Liverpool and Leverkusen for 30-40 million euros, but we should take note that Strakosha should be a very prized asset since he’s in fact homegrown at Lazio.
Fransesco Acerbi looks likely this summer to aid Lazio to make the homegrown equation.
Let’s see what also could help Lazio in both a good and realistic way:
Eugenio Lamanna, goalkeeper, Genoa
Maybe Lamanna could make a leap to a bigger club or would he rather take his chances in Genoa with Perin gone to Juventus?
Armando Izzo, Genoa
A valid and affordable option from Genoa that also could cover when Stefan Radu is not avaiable.
Lazio also need to have some alternatives to Adam Marusic. Dusan Basta is closing in on retirement and Patric isn’t convincing enough.
Davide Faraoni, rightback/midfielder, Crotone
Maybe some has forgotten the hard working right winger Davide Faraoni. Faraoni left Lazio while on youth level for Inter after arguments about help with treatment of a injury. But today it’s no bad blood from Faraoni that earlier has expressed his desire to play for Lazio again. A valid and cheap backup to Marusic that also would meet the criteria for a homegrown Lazio player.
Manuel Lazzari, rightback/midfielder, SPAL
Lazzari made a good season at SPAL and would be a nice addition to the Lazio squad.
Afriyie Acquah, defensive midfielder, Torino
Godfred Donsah, defensive midfielder, Bologna
Alfred Duncan, defensive midfielder, Sassuolo
This Ghanaian trio represents a type of a more dynamic and physical midfielder that we have been missing since Onazi left for Turkey.
Simone Zaza, Valencia
Aside an astonishing artist name he has a lot of potential. Valencia has reportedly informed Zaza that he’s not included in their future plans. Maybe a return to Ilaty and a partnership with Ciro Immobile?
Manolo Gabbiadini, Southampton
Gabbiadini hasn’t had the the best of luck since his move from Sampdoria. Perhaps Simone Inzaghi is the coach that could form a different future and a potential partnership Gabbiadini/Immobile. Also capable of playing in both positions in the attack.
Other mentions: Francesco Vicari, Lorenzo De Silvestri, Kevin Lasagna, Daniele Baselli, Gianluca Lapadula, Diego Falcinelli, Andrea Petagna