Salernitana Monthly Review – January 2019
Salernitana January Transfer Window
US Salernitana’s winter transfer window saw the departure of Nicola Bellomo to Reggina, who currently play in Serie C. Bellomo made one appearance for Salernitana in the 18-19 season. The club also welcomed back Sedrick Kalombo from Pro Piacenza in Serie C, where he made 15 league appearances. The right back leaves Piacenza after a successful half season loan which has left the club in second place of Serie C’s Group A.
The club also saw Iacopo Cernigoi return from his loan to AC Pisa in Serie C, but the forward was immediately loaned to Rieti, who the club played in a friendly in early January. That match ended 1-1.
In addition, Salerntiana signed Vincenzo Garofalo, who had been a free agent since November of 2018 after spending a half season with Pro Piacenza in Serie C. Garofalo made one appearance in that time and has been loaned to Rieti in Serie C since joining Salernitana in mid-January. This leaves Rieti with two new loans from the club.
The club also brought in a family face in the form of Joseph Minala, who arrived on loan from Lazio. The Copa Primavera winner spent over a year on loan to Salernitana from January of 2017 to June of 2018, during which he scored four league goals, a cup goal, and made four assists over the course of 53 competitive appearances. His loan will last the second half of the 18/19 Serie B season, ending in June.
The club also said goodbye to Antonio Palumbo, whose loan via Sampordia came to an end. Palumbo made five Serie B appearances this season. The club’s final transfer was Hysen Memolla, a 26-year-old left back who had previously played with Hajduk Split in the Croatian first division. Memolla had previously played with Hella Verona and has three caps with the Albanian National Team.
Salernitana January Results
Salernitana only had two matches in January due to the winter break in Serie B, but both would prove important tests against some of the league’s best sides, Palermo and Lecce.
Salernitana’s away match against Palermo seemed destined to be a loss, with the two sides drawing in Salerno earlier in the season and Pescara, a similarly high table side, defeating the club 4-2 in the previous round of matches. The winter break seemed to have left recently-arrived manager Angelo Gregucci with a brand-new squad despite playing the same players as the club went on to win 1-2 thanks to goals from André Anderson, on loan from Lazio, and Tiago Casasola. Casasola’s winning rocket-like strike from the edge of the box came in the 90thminute, giving Salernitana’s playoff hopes new life. Anderson’s goal, a great strike in its own right, was his first for the club.
Salernitana’s final match of the month would be a home match against Lecce on the 26th. The match provided Salernitana with a chance to firmly grasp a playoff spot for January and Lecce a chance to creep closer to the automatic promotion spots. Salernitana’s only home match of the month started quite poorly, as a largely unchanged squad conceded two early goals in the 4thand 20thminutes. Andre Anderson scored in the 71stminute to Salernitana hope but his goal would be the final remarkable moment of the match and the home side would lose 1-2, finishing January in 10thplace with 27 points.
Lazio’s star loanee (for Salernitana anyway) of the month was without a doubt was André Anderson. Anderson scored two goals in two games, helping his side beat Palermo and keeping their loss to Lecce less harmful to the club’s goal differential. After going ten games into the season without a single appearance and eighteen without appearing in the starting lineup, André Anderson’s new spell of chances in the Gregucci era have proven vital to the club, with the Brazilian providing the club with most of its few and far between highlight moments.
Joseph Minala played as a substitute in both matches, playing roughly an hour of combined minutes. He helped in the buildup to Anderson’s goal against Lecce but otherwise did not manage to earn any other major stats. His presence seemed to help fuel attacking opportunities in both matches and his presence in the side is clearly still a developing process.
Davide Di Gennaro made his first appearance for the club since disappearing from the squad after the arrival of Gregucci as manager. He was subbed on in the 62ndminute of the match against Lecce but achieved very little in the home loss.
Djavan Anderson played in both matches, subbing out against Palermo and playing the full 90 against Lecce. He did not earn goals or assists like his fellow Anderson but didn’t give Gregucci any reason to not involve him in the squad. It will be interesting to see how the development of other options like Minala affects Djavan Anderson’s play time in February.
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