1. Dries Mertens now leads the way in Serie A Capocannoniere race.
The Belgian winger netted a hat-trick in the 7-1 win, which raised his total to 16 Serie A goals on the season. Mertens continues to show his prowess and establish that he is lethal up front in attack.
Mertens has scored 14 goals in his last 10 matches in all competitions. The hot streak began with the game-clinching goal against Benfica in the Champions League back on Dec. 6. Mertens followed that match with three goals against Cagliari and four goals against Torino.
Although Mertens is often on the scoring end, he also impacts the game on the passing side of the ball. Mertens has recorded four assists in the 10-game stretch. Two of those assists came in Napoli’s 2-1 win over AC Milan in January.
Napoli acquired Leonardo Pavoletti from Genoa, and Arek Milik is back from his ACL injury. However, how bad does Napoli actually need them? The club is undefeated in their past 10 games with Mertens leading the way. It will be tough to displace the Serie A’s leading scorer.
Along with captain Marek Hamsik, Mertens produced a Man-of-the-Match performance on Saturday.