February 22, 2024

Naples, Raspadori is looking for a role: this way he will have no influence


Spalletti also uses him as a center forward in the national team, but Garcia has used him alternately as a winger or as a striker. The blue struggles to light up

Salvatore Malfitano


For Rudi Garcia it’s a joker, he would probably rather be Jack. The coach values ​​his qualities so much that he uses him in various areas of the pitch, with the exception of the role for which Giacomo Raspadori seems best suited. So he rotates according to the needs of the team and follows the coach’s index. The topic comes to the fore again shortly before the international break, where the attacker will undoubtedly be a protagonist for Italy. He is part of Spalletti’s squad for the next European Championship qualifiers against Malta (Saturday October 14) and England (Tuesday October 17). Given the absence of Immobile and Retegui in the department, an important contribution can be expected in these two games, in which he should find space at the center of the attacking trident. However, when the coach sat on the Napoli bench, he never thought about expanding his position; At most, to remedy a negative result, he was used as a second striker during the game.

dare to be awkward

Garcia, on the other hand, hasn’t put it that way yet. He feels more comfortable somewhere else, also because – and this is an undeniable fact – he would find less space behind Osimhen. The special characteristics of the Nigerian, who combines play in the penalty area with a clever attack from deep, make him indispensable for the team’s tactical balance and lightning-fast counterattacks. The French coach therefore experimented with Raspadori in different versions and although he received an overall positive reaction, it did not change the player’s status. He remains a supporting hybrid, a flexible addition who can be deployed depending on the needs of the game: he played in all nine of Napoli’s games, totaling 374 minutes, starting just three times and always playing in the Championship. On the first two matchdays, against Frosinone and Sassuolo, he replaced the injured Kvaratskhelia and took his place on the left wing; However, two weeks ago in Bologna he was on the far right instead of Politano.

from the bank

The evolution of his duties will be much more interesting if he takes over. Against Lazio he took over for the Georgian, who was not yet in optimal condition, and the same thing happened in both the away game in Braga and Lecce. In Genoa, however, where he scored his only goal of the season, it made sense for the coach to change the structure of the team and switch to a much more defined 4-2-3-1, in which he essentially acted as a second striker. On this occasion, Garcia had sacrificed Anguissa and the relay seemed to be reminiscent of a situation that had been seen several times in summer training: Raspadori as a midfielder, in the most offensive interpretation possible, even taller than Zielinski. The change for the Pole came in the last game against Real Madrid when the score was 2-2. A move that also served as a signal to the team to aim for the winning goal. Less useful is the analysis of the few minutes played against Udinese, where he worked with Simeone and the three points were already secured. On the eve of the game against Fiorentina he still remains on the ballot, more on the right than the left, where he appeared to be in slight trouble. It’s not the winger who plays with his foot reversed, in fact he’s not even a winger. And at the moment only everything that is not is clear.

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