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Fiorentina made mistake with Graziano Pelle

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Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina may have made a serious error by not moving for Southampton star Graziano Pelle in the summer.

The Italian, who has been called up to the national team by former Juventus manager Antonio Conte, has hit the ground running in the Premier League following his £8 million move from Feyenoord and already looks like one of the signings of the summer.

However, with La Viola reportedly keen on him last January, questions must now be asked at how they allowed one of the Premier League’s deadliest marksmen to move elsewhere when their own attacking orchestra is currently so depleted.

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However, with La Viola reportedly keen on him last January, questions must now be asked at how they allowed one of the Premier League’s deadliest marksmen to move elsewhere when their own attacking orchestra is currently so depleted.

Injury curse

Montella’s side finished fourth last term and narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot to Rafael Benitez’s Napoli, but hopes were high of securing a place in Europe’s top tier competition this time around.

However the injury curse that threatened to derail their efforts last season has struck again, with last year’s signings Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi sidelined once again.

Gomez missed out on a place in Germany’s World Cup winning squad in Brazil as a result of injuries and inconsistencies for his new club, and has never quite sparkled the way he used to when at Bayern Munich.

When fit and firing Rossi ranks as one of the most complete forwards in the game, and had it not been for a recurrence of a knee injury he may have rivalled Ciro Immobile for the Golden Boot last season and propelled his side to even greater heights.

The 27-year-old should be back in the New Year, but given his side’s lethargic start to the campaign will be under huge pressure to turn their season around.

Perfect Pelle

Many expected the Saint’s to struggle following a summer of change at St Mary’s, but Koeman have started life in England admirably and his side currently lie third in the Premiership table.

Pelle was drafted in to fill the void left by Rickie Lambert’s summer move to Liverpool, and has scored five goals in eight appearances for his new club so far.

His finest performance was in the 4-0 drubbing over Newcastle United in a display of predatory instincts and an eye for the spectacular. It has also helped the pressure on Alan Pardew who could finally leave Tyneside in the near future.

And with Fiorentina in urgent need of a forward, Montella is currently being made to look a fool by a striker that could continue to shine over the course of the season.

What next?

La Viola may wish to rethink their transfer strategy and could start with a move for Inter Milan target Fabio Borini.

The Liverpool fop has been linked with a move to the San Siro but could be the answer to their prayers after impressing on loan at Sunderland last term.

Rossi will return but Montella cannot afford to overwork his prized asset – especially one as fragile as the Italian.

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