We’re back once again to take a look at how Italians fared in their respective leagues abroad, with a number of them getting onto the score sheet this game week. Each league is beginning to hit the business end of their seasons respectively and we are beginning to see a number of players perform.
Lets start off with a former Napoli player continues to shine in the EPL….
#1 Manolo Gabbiadini
Gabbiadini is in the form of his life in the English Premier League and Southampton are reaping the benefits of his star quality. The Italian international notched up his 4th Premier league goal of the season against Walter Mazzari’s Watford side that would eventually win 3-4. Gabbiadini was not the only Italian to score in this match but he clearly outperformed his counter part who will be covered next.
Since his move in January, Manolo has 6 goals in total and is beginning to establish himself as a star in the EPL. A possible recall to the National side maybe forthcoming however he will need to do somehow outperform Belotti and Immobile first.
#2 Walter Mazzarri and Okaka
Walter Mazzarri was unable to best Southampton as Gabbiadini inspired his team to eventual victory. It was a thrilling match between the two sides and Mazzarri was clearly pushing his team to constantly attack. Mazzarri team may have conceded 4 but there was no lack of desire as his side exchanged goals with Southampton.
The other Italian to get onto the score sheet is former Roma player Okaka who has been hot and cold this season. Something of a forgotten man in Italian football, the 27 year old only notched his third goal of the season vs Southampton. However he has struggled for game time and this was only his 15th appearance (5 have been from the bench). It is hoped he can continue to build on his somewhat fledgling season with only eleven games remaining.
#3 Roberto Soriano
Roberto Soriano got onto the score sheet in Villarreal’s 2-0 victory over Espanyol over the weekend. Soriano continues to act as a pivotal part of Villarreal’s midfield cog.
This victory helps cement their position at 6th in Europa League qualification position, and would be justification of their brilliant season thus far.
#4 Marco Verratti
Verratti played the entire 90 minutes as PSG labored to a 1-0 victory over Nancy thanks to a late Edison Cavani penalty. Not the best showing overall from PSG and Verratti was able to concur any of his usual brilliance that we have become accustomed too. Will be glad to have drawn level with current leaders Monaco on points.
#5 Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone
Borini started yet again for Sunderland as he looks to have returned to match fitness. However he was unable to notch a goal as his team were outclassed by Pep’s rampant Manchester City side.
Mannone did not feature, but was on the bench.