Napoli have been without a true striker for quite some time since Arkadiusz Milik’s ACL injury in a World Cup Qualifying match with Poland and with Gabbiadini’s bad run of form, Napoli have thus been left without an effective striker.
Despite their recent success in topping Group B of the Champions League and effectively qualifying for the Round of 16, Napoli have still struggled to find the back of the net recently. Matches against Lazio, Sassuolo and Dynamo Kiev are only some examples of matches where Napoli dominated, however could not finish their chances.
Thus, a change is needed at Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli, and the Partenopei look to have chosen Leonardo Pavoletti to fill the void at the striker position.
According to Michele Criscitiello of SportItalia, Napoli have found an agreement with both the club (Genoa) and the player for the transfer. A fee for the deal has yet to be reported by SportItalia, however they are confident that once the January transfer window officially begins on January 1st, 2017; Leonardo Pavoletti will officially become a Napoli player.
Pavoletti will bring Napoli a different taste up front. Although he may not be as quick as Arek Milik, Pavoletti provides an enormous work rate and a clear eye for goal. The Italian has 4 goals in 10 appearances for the Rossoblù so far this season and is currently recovering from a knee sprain and is set to return early January. However, during the 2015/2016 campaign, Pavoletti amassed 14 goals in 22 appearances with 3 assists.