Napoli come away with a massively disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Palermo. It was a lot chance to take 2nd place off of Roma.
Maurizio Sarri and Co. will not be happy at all with his squad’s latest result. Tying one of the league’s bottom-dwellers does not shine bright on the Partenopei’s horizon.
Here is how we rated each Napoli player’s individual performances:
Pepe Reina (6): There wasn’t much he could do with the goal let in at the 6th minute. Other than that, Palermo didn’t threaten the goal at all. Only one shot from Chochev spelled any danger to Napoli’s net.
Elseid Hysaj (6): The Albanian had a decent match but it certainly wasn’t one of his best by any means. He joined in the attack a lot but nothing came of it.
Nikola Maksimovic (4.5): Who knows what is going on with Napoli’s new Serbian center back. His passes were way off the mark today and he didn’t defend very well either. Not a good match by any means for Maksimovic.
Raul Albiol (6): Albiol, on the other hand, looked calm and composed every time he had the ball. He didn’t look flustered at any time during the match and he has been giving Napoli fans something to look forward to when the Koulibaly-Albiol combination comes back into play.
Faouzi Ghoulam (4): Really, really poor from Ghoulam tonight. He didn’t get forward nearly enough and when he did, he was unable to create any real threat. He also was not clean with his touch or his passing tonight.
Allan (3): Very, very poor from Allan. It is becoming apparent that the Brazilian is only capable of playing to his ability in big matches. That is not a good mentality to have, especially at a team like Napoli who are notorious for struggling against small teams.
Jorginho (4): Same with Jorginho, just very average from usually one of our best players. This year, Jorginho just hasn’t been the same at all. Where has the Jorginho of old gone?
Marek Hamsik (5): The captain wasn’t clinical enough with the ball tonight. Too many a time, a surgical pass was needed to open the Palermo defense but that pass never came.
Jose Callejon (5): The highlight of Callejon’s match was his woeful miss right after Palermo’s goal. Maybe if he’d have scored that, the match would have ended differently. The spaniard didn’t seem to recuperate after that.
Dries Mertens (4): Tonight was certainly one of Mertens’ worst performances of the year for Napoli. He just couldn’t find the back of the net in the first half, and if not for a Pasovec howler, he wouldn’t have found it at all.
Lorenzo Insigne (5): Also with Insigne, just not nearly clinical enough. He had a dreadful miss in the dying moments of the match that would have won the game. If he is going to demand a pay rise, he has to finish those chances.
Piotr Zielinski (6): Piotr came in and created a lot of chances from the moment he stepped on the pitch. It can be argued he should have started the match from the beginning.
Leonardo Pavoletti (3): Very poor from Napoli’s new signing. He didn’t contribute anything to the attack or provide any hold-up play.