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Serie A star set for English adventure

By | 22nd November 2011

Reports in the English media have consistently linked unsettled Juventus forward Amauri with a move to the Barclays Premier League in January.

The player’s agent has added fuel to the fire by saying that there is a ’70 percent’ chance of him moving to England in January, compared to much lower odds of considering further stay in the Serie A.

Just last summer, it was all looking so good for Amauri. The well-travelled striker, born in Brazil, had finally acquired Italian citizenship and made his debut for the Italian side in the first friendly after their World Cup exit, against the Ivory Coast in London.

After a relatively successful spell at Chievo, he moved to Palermo ahead of the 2006/07 season, and in two years he hit 23 league goals for the Rosanero, attracting interest from Juve.

His first season in Turin was his best; the striker found the back of the net 12 times in Serie A, and the prospect of a change of his allegiance from Brazil (who he had never appeared at for any level) to Italy gathered momentum in the Italian press.

The next year proved to be less fruitful. In 24 starts, he managed just 6 goals and 2 assists in 24 league starts, and began to struggle to find a place in the team. The next year, his performances for Juventus again failed to impress, although he did notch 7 goals for Parma in an impressive loan spell.

Completely frozen out by Antonio Conte, who has his side top of the league, the player is now preparing for a move to England in the winter transfer window.

Though labelled inconsistent by some, Amauri still may have a lot to offer, but the question is who among England’s top flight will seek his services? Given his current reputation in Italy, there is a very small chance that one of the top teams will go after him.

But the 31-year old is still capable of contributing to a few teams and could be a bargain signing for these potential suitors. The following teams could best use him:

Fulham


With just 11 points after 12 matches, and only 14 goals scored, it is clear that the Cottagers need a little help up top, especially with Moussa Dembele linked with a move away from the club; despite his recent poor form, he has been an important players for Fulham in recent times.

Amauri could link up well with service from wingers Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey, and the prospect of a partnership with Bobby Zamora would certainly excite the Craven Cottage faithful.

Amauri also seems to fit in with their budget, and adds experience and depth to their options in the Europa League.

Sunderland

With Asamoah Gyan out on loan in the UAE, Steve Bruce has had to rely on a combination of young and new players to get the Black Cats goals.

To date, they have just 14 goals for, and the highly-rated but inexperienced duo of Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-Won have only netted once each. Nicklas Bendter, on loan from Arsenal, also has a pedestrian 2 from 8.

Even if he was to be brought in on loan, Amauri could ignite a stagnant front line, and could work well with Sebastian Larsson and Kieran Richardson linking up with him from the midfield.

Everton

David Moyes’s side are another who have struggled to find the goal as much as they usually like this campaign.

From the 13 they have scored this year, only 3 have come from strikers. Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka have played excellent in defence, and it is clear that Moyes must change something with his attack.

The big Italian fits the bill. The thought of Baines aiming for him from crosses, set pieces, and corners could give Moyes the impetus to make a move for the player.

The funds might be a problem, though, with the Goodison Park club basically unable to bring in new players under Chairman Bill Kenwright’s financial advising.

Wigan

Perhaps the most obvious choice; the Latics did amazingly well to stave off the drop last year, but this season has seen Roberto Martinez’s side cling to the basement of the table almost by magnetic force.

Hugo Rodallega, linked with Arsenal for much of the summer, has failed to score in 10 appearances. That statistic accompanied with Victor Moses having the same drought, but with a further 2 more matches played, is all the evidence needed to suggest a move for Amauri.

He has proven his record of getting goals in Serie A, and his loan spell last year showed he can still find the net regularly. Dave Whelan would do well to bring him in, or else this time his club may be unable to avoid the trap door.

Regardless of where he ends up, there is no denying that Amauri will be a player to watch out for as his unique skills set – strength in the air and clinical finishing – can lead to great things in the English top flight if utilized properly.



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