‘Atomic Ant’ Giovinco charged with propelling Parma resurgence this season

After a successful spell on loan last season, Parma last week chose to pay approximately £3million to secure 50% of the contract of Sebastian Giovinco. The player nicknamed the “Atomic Ant” – once dubbed as the natural successor to Alessandro Del Piero at Juventus – will now turn out officially as a Parma player, and this has been by far and away the most important business by the Ducali so far this summer.
From the time Franco Colomba replaced Pasquale Marino in April until the end of last season, the Gialloblù managed to salvage 14 points from a possible 21 and therefore avoid relegation narrowly. Parma will be looking to carry this momentum into the beginning of next season, and Giovinco will be given the responsibility of being the main creative force behind any hoped resurgence; a resurgence that may see them match the heights of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s when the Ducali were gunning for the title and winning the UEFA Cup. Despite Antonio Conte’s announcement that he intended to build his Juve team around Giovinco, the fact that the player opted to stay at Parma instead of returning to his hometown club displays his belief in what the current Parma side can potentially achieve.
Standing at a tiny 5ft 4 inches tall, it is understandable to assume that the player’s height has been a factor in his somewhat stunted development. However, having only really made sporadic appearances for Juventus under Ciro Ferrara and Alberto Zaccheroni, it can be argued a sustained run was what the player needed to begin to fulfil his potential – a run which Giovinco was presented with at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Modern football trends have dictated that an instant outstanding impact is needed in order for home grown players to fully establish themselves before a more experienced, often foreign, replacement is bought in. However, with deadly accuracy from set-pieces, the ability to unlock defences with key assists and a healthy goal return of seven in Serie A last season, Giovinco has cemented himself as a pivotal figure for an established and traditional Italian side, something which will only serve to benefit him in the future with the Azzurri.
It is not only Giovinco that Parma will rely on for an improvement on last season’s non-event of a campaign. Fellow former Bianconeri player Raffaele Palladino adds further spice to the attack, and having only arrived in January should be by now settled into the Parma lifestyle and ready to add to his already solid league goal return. If Valeri Bojinov is kept fit the former wonderkid can also provide a killer instinct to an impressive three-pronged attack led by the wily old Henan Crespo. In his prime during Parma’s glory years of the late nineties, the return of the Argentine gives the Ducali experience and reliability, which can prove to be priceless traits in what is arguably the toughest league in Europe to score in. Couple Giovinco and the rest of the attacking flair with defensive rigidity, it is possible that Parma will emerge as a force again this season – on paper they are already half way there.

sports.betway.com/en/horse-racing-betting-site Welcome Bonus Offer Betway

Related matches