Massimo Oddo is confident his star striker has the qualities to succeed in Serie A and believes he deserves a shot at making the EURO squad.
Topping the scoring charts at 27 goals and adding 11 assists in 40 games is enough to make the rest of Europe take notice. Pescara’s bomber Gianluca Lapadula did just that this season in Serie B. Although Pescara missed out on a Top 2 finish, they can still find themselves in the Serie A next year should they survive the Promotion Playoffs and it is mostly thanks to the exploits of the Italian marksman. With the lack of true striking depth on the Azzurri heading into the European Championships, it may come to some surprise that Lapadula’s name was not even whispered as a possibility for the preliminary squad. In an interview with Tuttosport, Pescara manager Massimo Oddo believes his striker has the qualities to not only make waves in Serie A, but also contribute effectively to the National Team:
With the quality and characteristics Lapadula has, he is a fantastic player who can excel in Serie A. He scored 27 goals this year and a player who scores that many goals in Serie B should not be underestimated. At 1.82m, he is not very tall but he has incredible physical strength. For me, he is more than ready for Serie A, but for a great team. He could also go to the EURO, he has nothing to envy in all respect to the other strikers. This is a compliment towards him, I am not discrediting the others. For me, he has features different from the other attackers who are in the National Team.
Oddo then spoke about Pescara’s upcoming road to Serie A promotion via the playoffs:
Pescara has done well, we could have finished third but we have attained fourth place. I truly believe in my squad going into these playoffs. They grew a lot this year, I know what we can do and we can do so much. Speaking now about the league, where all the teams are strong, they all have their strengths and weaknesses, same for us. I believe the most well equipped teams are Cesena and Spezia.