With the news of the return of Arek Milik from another ACL injury, we asked the question on our last Sempre podcast would Aurelio DeLaurentis bring in summer signing Roberto Inglese six months early? Well, with the news that broke yesterday, I’m now convinced; ADL listens to our show!
Okay maybe not, but coincidentally two days after recording, ADL has announced that “Bobby English” indeed will be joining the Partenopei in January whether Milik is ready or not. Before the current Chievo Striker arrives, let’s take a closer look in our very first Sempre! Player Profile.
Born on November 12, 1991, in Lucera, located in the province of Foggia, Roberto Inglese is a product of the Pescara youth system. It was for the Delfini that the then 18 year old Center Forward would get his first professional goal. On week 26 against Ravenna in the 2009/10 Serie C. In that season Pescara would coincidentally be promoted to Serie B.
Inglese would be sold from Pescara to Chievo on August 1, 2010. He would then spend the next 5 seasons on loan to various clubs, most notably a two year stint with Carpi, before finding first team minutes with the Flying Donkeys. Now in his 3rd season as a first team Striker for Chievo, Roberto has hit the back of the net 22 times in 90 appearances.
Roberto was sold to Napoli for just over €10m this past transfer deadline day, and loaned right back to Chievo, with the provision of a January move to San Paolo in case he’s needed. Thus far this season, Inglese has 7 goals, one in Coppa Italia, and 6 in the league. He has also added 2 assists to his name in his most successful campaign to date. Some of his season highlights thus far include a brace in a 3-2 win in the Verona derby in round 9. Another came in round 14, where Inglese scored both goals in a 2-1 come from behind win against SPAL.
What does he bring to Napoli?
Inglese’s arrival will add much-needed help to Napoli’s attacking depth. He brings a prolific aerial option to the San Paolo, and that is something we are currently lacking. Inglese, like the recovering Arkadiusz Milik, can provide goals with both feet and his head. Inglese’s ability to latch on to the increasing amount of crosses, and his improving hold up play will give Napoli a different look if and when his name is called.
Even though Napoli owner De Laurentiis has brought Inglese in, we’re sure the question will be the same. Does Sarri allow him to play? Obviously, he’ll be more of a squad player for us than Chievo, but this isn’t necessarily a new role to the Italian. Depth is key, this season especially, and when given the chance, I have confidence that Roberto Inglese will be a great piece for Napoli.
By Raffa Rispo Follow @RaffaNapoli83