Giovinco best suited to staying at Parma in short-term

The season has started off brightly for pint-sized Parma attacker Sebastian Giovinco. Joint top scorer in the league and handed his first cap by national team Coach Cesare Prandelli, Giovinco has finally managed to alert his co-owners Juventus of his skill and perhaps his fulfilled promise.
For some time, Giovinco was considered a player who failed to live up to expectation; naturally skilled though unable to remain level-headed. Making his debut four years ago as Juventus looked to climb out of Serie B, Giovinco made an immediate impact as a substitute providing an assist for David Trezeguet. He was lauded as the long-term replacement for Alessandro Del Piero, playing in the number 10 position. As Juventus looked to reclaim their status as Italy’s finest, Giovinco’s development stunted and he was thrown on the scrapheap.
Now, in his second season now at Parma, he’s grabbing the headlines once again. Central to Parma’s team, playing in his natural position off the striker, the Ducali sit comfortably in mid-table, thanks to the contribution made by the Atomic Ant. Scoring five and creating another of the eight goals scored by the team is more than a sound contribution. However, the question remains as to whether Giovinco would be able to replicate similar form for the club which still hold the other 50% of his contract.
At the moment, Giovinco is a big fish in a relatively small pond as the early season statistics show. Going back to Juventus, he would have to share the headlines with some of the other big names in the squad. Certainly, current Juventus Coach Antonio Conte believes he is capable of doing exactly that however bridges would have to be repaired following his departure two summers ago. Earlier in the year, he hinted at severing all ties with the Bianconeri as he longs for first team opportunities rather than being a bit-part player in a large squad.
His time at Juventus wasn’t the most happiest. After returning from Empoli, where he was sent on loan, Giovinco endured two years of difficulty as he was under the aegis of three different Coaches: Claudio Ranieri, Ciro Ferrara and Alberto Zaccheroni. Three managers all of whom which had different ideas as to how to develop such a precocious talent. Indeed, his break-out season was meant to be under Ferrara, who wanted to play him as a trequartista, however his competition would be the €24m signing Diego where there was intense pressure to ensure the Brazilian justified his price-tag. As Juventus failed to meet their expectations, continually changed their managers, the talent and development of young players like Giovinco was an after-thought.
Parma is currently the place to hone on his talent. The team’s style of counter-attacking football allows Giovinco to revel as his change of pace, trickery and unpredictability allows him to torment Serie A defenders from the position which he is most suited to, and to strengthen his position in the Azzurri squad for the European Championships next summer. Turin will have to wait.

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