Davide Lanzafame’s crossing of the Sicilian divide

As with all derby clashes, when one player moves from one club to the other, the sporting fraternity looks upon the move with perhaps more scrutiny than a typical transfer deal. Sometimes the move is purely based on financial motivation and it can often be the player has fallen out of favour with the one club before moving to another albeit a local rival. There can be a less frequent reason as is proven in the case of Davide Lanzafame’s with his move from Palermo to Catania. The primary reason for the move appears to be strictly of a sporting nature.
Lanzafame’s career thus far has seen him represent six clubs in the five years since his first team debut with Juventus in Serie B. It started off well for Lanzafame where he shone with Bari in 2008 and, while it was not enough for Juventus to include the then 20 year-old in their plans, it was enough for Palermo to buy half of his contract and seal his playing rights for the coming years.
The three years that have elapsed since have been nothing short of erratic for Lanzafame as he has had limited opportunity to settle and establish himself at a given club. Loan spells followed with Bari once again and Parma but, while the potential was there, Lanzafame seemed bereft of consistency and with the nomadic nature of his career thus far, it all leans towards a needed period of stability. Last season, he even went back to Juventus but hardly featured before a loan move to Brescia concluded the 2010-11 season for the Turin-born attacker.
Lanzafame now finds himself with another change of surroundings as Catania has signed him on a co-ownership deal from their local rivals. Now aged 24, Lanzafame will be looking to eradicate thoughts of his inconsistent recent form. It would appear a constant and sustained environment would be ideal to ensure at least the possibility of illustrating the ability he has shown only hints of in the past.
The aim for Lanzafame is to have an extended run of first-team football and with Vincenzo Montella installed as the new Coach for Gli Elefanti, it would appear a clear opportunity for Lanzafame to stake his claim for such a role in the squad. Lanzafame may well feel he never got a fair chance at their Sicilian rivals and whether it was a fair outcome or not, Lanzafame just might be entertaining dreams of scoring against L’Aquile for the Rossazzurri.
With the way scripts are written in football, it would not seem such an unlikely occurrence for him to at least perform if not score against the rival islanders, but first Lanzafame will need to show Catania’s judgement was better than Palermo’s and establish himself in Serie A. It may require some time but it is ultimately what is required if Lanzafame is to be in with a chance of proving not just his Sicilian critics wrong but also those on the mainland and beyond.

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