Is It Time for Lazio to Invest in a Proper Back Up Striker?

Lazio have always relied on having a solid number one striker to punch above their weight and find success. Throughout their history, the likes of Silvio Piola, Giorgio Chinaglia, Bruno Giordano, Giuseppe Signori, Roberto Mancini, Hernan Crespo, Marcelo Salas, Christian Vieri, Miroslav Klose, and most recently, Ciro Immobile, have led the lines wearing the light blue and white colours in Rome.

While the Biancocelesti have built a reputation for developing strikers, in addition to being able to find ideal replacements, one issue that many have discussed in recent times has been the club’s inability to secure quality depth in the position. Despite signing nine attackers – including Nani, Felipe Caicedo, Joaquin Correa, Bobby Adekanye, Vedat Muriqi, Jovane Cabral, Felipe Anderson, Mattia Zaccagni, and Matteo Cancellieri – since Immobile’s arrival in 2016, only two have been a true centre forward, leaving many to question why this may be the case.

They have secured high finishes since the 2010/11 campaign, even finishing top four three times over this period. However, many would argue that if they invested properly, they could have been title contenders and appeared in the UEFA Champions League more often. To see the odds for which position they will finish the 2022-23 Serie A campaign, check out these betting sites 2023.

There is no question about Immobile’s value and strengths. As the club’s all-time goalscorer and record breaker, it will be nearly impossible to find someone that has been able to replicate his achievements; this was arguably one of the best signings in world football for the cost of his transfer compared to to the output he has provided.

However, relying heavily on one player for goals is always a risk. Injuries, fatigue, or a loss of form can all greatly impact a team’s chances of success; much of what has been experienced when Immobile has been absent. Furthermore, it is not enticing enough for a striker to join Lazio while Immobile leads the lines. As he will want to start and play every minute of every match, this is likely the main issue in trying to find an alternate – who would want to be sidelined until and injury potentially occurs for gametime?

With the player’s latest injury keeping him sidelined for a month, due to the club’s strategy to neglect bringing in a back up, Maurizio Sarri will be forced to alternate wingers (Mattia Zaccagni, Felipe Anderson, Pedro) to fill the void; ultimately decreasing the overall quality of play and risking the potential to secure points. Is it finally time for a change in strategy on the market? Will Claudio Lotito and Igli Tare sign a striker in January to provide Sarri and Lazio the resources to succeed? Only time will tell.

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