Will Parma’s starlets shine in Genoa?

In what will be remembered as the winter market’s most complicated deal, Genoa have secured the signings of both Luca Antonelli and Alberto Paloschi from Parma in exchange for Francesco Modesto and Raffaele Palladino plus cash.
Genoa have had to pay €7 million to take full ownership of the highly regarded full-back Antonelli while Modesto’s move the other way is also permanent. What makes the deal complicated is that both Palladino and Paloschi are co-owned by Juventus and Milan respectively. As such their new clubs have agreed to swap their co-ownership deals. This means that Palladino will now be co-owned by Juventus and Parma whilst Paloschi will be co-owned by Milan and Genoa.
When Davide Ballardini arrived to take over from Gian Piero Gasperini, he realised immediately that a change of formation was required to temporary solve the problems within the Genovese team. The plethora of wide players available were now deemed surplus to requirements as the team shifted to a more conventional 4-3-1-2, relying on the full-backs to provide the width. With this new change in shape, it seems hardly surprising that the squad opted to go for Antonelli who is highly regarded as one of the best offensive full-backs in Italy.
The youngster who has already caught the eye of Azzurri Coach Cesare Prandelli has been superb for the Tardini outfit. Athletic and blessed with fast pace, the player is well versed in the notion of pushing forwards to provide those much needed crosses and has the necessary experience to guard the rear with confidence. However, his arrival poses a problem for Domenico Criscito who it now seems could lose his place in the squad. With a rumoured sale to Napoli excluded, Ballardini could well opt to move Criscito to the centre to make up for the loss of Andrea Ranocchia and allow Antonelli to take his place on the left.
The other arrival is Alberto Paloschi who has yet to live up to expectations. The striker who came off the bench to score within 20 seconds for Milan has long been thought of as a star for the future but injuries have hindered his development. A poacher in the mould of Filippo Inzaghi, he could well be a welcome addition for a side starved of goals and it seems likely that if in form, Luca Toni will be left warming the bench.
Unfortunately for Paloschi, the Rossoblu’s lack of quality in midfield means goal-scoring opportunities are few and far between. There is an abundance of defensively minded midfielders but few that can bridge the gap between midfield and attack. Unless the side heavily invest in central midfielders then it will be difficult to see how the player can excel in his role.
It is difficult to judge whether or not this is a good move for the starlets who have arrived at Genoa. The club, who on average sell eight players a year, are renowned for treating their players like assets that can be flipped for a tidy profit. However, in Ballardini they have a once-upon-a-time renowned youth Coach who is responsible for the emergence of many under-aged players. Perhaps his nurturing capabilities will ensure a bigger role in the Azzurri for his two newly acquired starlets.

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