Former Juventus striker has stats which rival some of best strikers in Europe but no big team ever makes move for him
WITH a striker seemingly a target for every European club this summer, there’s one player every side seems to have forgotten: Sebastian Giovinco.
The Italian continues to bang in the goals for Toronto F.C.— and would have cost a fraction of the price most forwards are moving for in this crazy window.
At the weekend, the 30-year-old bagged a stunning brace, which consisted of a long-range thunderbolt and incredible free-kick during the 4-0 demolition of New York City F.C.
And that saw him make history as became the first player to score from ten set-pieces in the MLS.
On the back of that performance, Toronto coach Greg Vanney described him as “maybe the best that has ever played in this league.”
OK, perhaps he’s not necessarily at the level the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea require.
The Premier League giants spent £140million between them to bring in Romelu Lukaku (£75m) and Alvaro Morata (£65m) respectively.
But, for the West Hams, Evertons and Southamptons — even the AC Milans — of this world, Giovinco would surely represent excellent value.
Despite being 30 years old, he is still full of pace and energy — and has contributed 52 goals and 34 assists in 84 appearances for the Canadian side over the past three years.
This season alone he has hit the back of the net on 11 occasions and set up a team-mate five times in just 17 games.
These are stats which rival some of the best in Europe.
Moreover, Giovinco earns a relatively modest £80,000-a-week — and certainly wouldn’t command an elevated fee like those we’ve seen spent this summer on transfers.
Everton are expected to bring in a new centre-forward to replace the goals lost with the sale of Lukaku.
While Southampton are also a proven goal scorer shy of moving further up the table.
West Ham spent £20m on Marko Arnautovic, who has scored 22 league goals in four seasons at Stoke.
And Milan signed Fabio Borini from Sunderland and are still in the market for another striker — surely they could do a lot worse than moving for Giovinco.
A former Italy international with 23 caps, he has experience of playing at the highest level.
The “Atomic Ant” — which is a nickname derived from his diminutive 5”4in. height and energetic style —also won the Serie A title on two occasions with Juventus in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
He had previously won the ‘Primavera’ championship with the club’s youth side.
Under Antonio Conte, he also claimed Supercoppa Italiana success on two occasions and was part of the side which won Juve side which won the second tier in 2007, making three appearances as a 19-year-old.
Giovinco was named in Italy’s Euro 2012 squad and remained a semi-regular until as recently as last year.
Former boss Conte made him a surprise omission from his 30-man Euro 2016 selection — and then openly admitted it was purely down to the fact he was playing in the MLS.
Now it appears Europe’s striker seekers could be snubbing Giovinco for the same reason.
How else can you explain the fact no one has made a serious move for reasonably-priced centre-forward who consistently scores 20+ goals-a-season?
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