Andrea Centogambe writes to LLSN about where Lazio’s attack is at the moment compared to this time last season;
There is no getting around it, the contribution of Miroslav Klose in recent seasons has been excellent, and along with Hernanes, he has often been key to Lazio’s success. However already this season the German legend has been injured too often and when he has taken to the field he has not been fully fit. It is no surprise his absence has coincided with the clubs below par start to the season, among other issues.
Petkovic has tried to play Sergio Floccari in the lone striker role and also as the centre forward in a three man attack and that has given mixed results; 0 goals in Serie A but 4 in the Europa League. Youngsters Brayan Perea and Balde Keita have also been utilised and produced a goal each in the league games against Atalanta and Parma respectively, but they are still too inexperienced and inconsistent to lead the Lazio attack regularly. A key attacking force in the past three seasons has been the dazzling Hernanes. This time last season ‘Il Profeta’ had 5 Serie A goals to his name, but this November he sits at 2.
Currently the Biancocelesti sit at 8th position on the ladder with 16 points. From the 12 games played so far the club has managed 4 wins, 4 draws, 4 losses, with 16 goals scored and 16 conceded. The club has the fourth most attempts at goal shots in the league with 139 (only Juventus (166), Milan (146) and Inter (142) can boast higher figures) yet the goals are just not flowing as the attack continues to struggle for continuity and efficiency.
An unencouraging statistic to see is that from those 16 goals scored, only 4 of them have come from strikers. Only the striker’s at 13th placed Cagliari (3) and relegation battlers Catania (2) have produced less. The midfielders have contributed 7 goals while the Lazio defenders have 5.
Centogambe’s conclusion is that in the January mercato Lotito needs to spend in order to bring in a quality striker to help Petkovic and the team start the New Year strongly.