Fiorentina will be hoping Mario Gomez’s goal in Sunday’s draw against Roma is the start of great things for the German striker.
The 29-year-old has struggled for form and fitness ever since arriving in Florence from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013, but after denting Roma’s hopes of a first Scudetto since 2001 could have a key role to play this season.
And with Giuseppe Rossi also set to return from injury before the end of the season, Vincenzo Montella will be aiming to qualify for the Champions League once all his players are fully fit and firing.
Despite his side failing to hold their nerve until the final whistle, Gomez’s goal will have been greeted with much enthusiasm following his difficult time in Serie A.
After signing on with La Viola just mere months after winning the Champions League with Bayern under the stewardship of Jupp Heynckes, there had been belief around the club that his arrival was just the ingredient needed to challenge for the Scudetto.
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Yet injuries have seen him spend the majority of his time on the substitutes bench – a fact made worse by Rossi’s own injury woes that could finally come to an end once he returns in March.
He was restricted to just 15 appearances in all competitions last term, where he scored four times. It was a far cry from his spell at the Allianz Arena, where he left Munich having scored 113 times in 174 appearances.
His goal against Roma was his fourth of this season, but Montella will be hoping he hits a rich vein of form that could fire the club towards European football as a result.
Another boost will be once Rossi returns, having been similarly plagued by injuries ever since his arrival from Villarreal in January 2013.
Having forged himself a reputation as one of La Liga’s most prolific forwards with 82 goals in 192 games, he left for a new challenge in Serie A aiming to establish himself in Italy’s top flight.
He immediately hit the ground running and immediately thrust himself towards the front in the race for the golden boot, but after an injury last January was ruled out for five months which then served to derail their positive start to the season.
Rossi remains one of the few players to have impressed after leaving Manchester United as a teenager, and his 17 goals in 24 appearances show that, if he can regain his form, Montella’s side may have a stunning and spectacular season as a result.