With the long-term absence of their star goalkeeper leaving a hole to fill between the posts, Genoa could use the January window to sign a stop-gap replacement and there are five possible goalkeepers who could be worthy candidates to take-over the starting role.
In one of the most heartbreaking moments of the season, Genoa shot-stopper Mattia Perin was pictured struggling to hold back tears on the bench, knowing his season had just crumbled in front of him. Following a terrific initial reaction save on Edin Dzeko at close range, he injured himself moments after and had to be replaced by Eugenio Lamanna. Instantaneously, the river of tears that streamed down his face told the story of a young man reliving a nightmare. Perin was nine months removed from tearing the cruciate ligament in his right knee, before suffering the same type of injury in his left knee on Sunday. At 24-years old, it is his third major injury, with the first being a shoulder problem in June of 2015 which kept him out of action for over three months.
For a Ligurian side sandwiched in the middle of the table, the loss of their first-choice goalkeeper presents itself as a case of déjà-vu. After he went down for the season against Sassuolo last season, a Perin-less Genoa sat in 10th and ended up finishing campaign between Chievo and Empoli in the same position. Fast forward to January of this year, they sit 12th in the league table and are staring at a repeat conundrum. Do they stick with Lamanna for the long haul or do they place a temporary band-aid on the wound by scanning the market for a stop-gap option?
There are a number of a goalkeepers who could benefit from a change of scenery and be ready to step into the starting role for Ivan Juric’s squad. Here are five Serie A goalkeepers who Genoa may want to consider for a short-term loan to deputize for Mattia Perin.