For England fans the name Alessandro Diamanti should send shudders down the spine. The Italian playmaker had the honour of despatching the winning penalty against the Three Lions last summer in the defeat to Italy at Euro 2012.
Of course he will be remembered rather differently by another section of English football fans; those of West Ham United.
His time at Upton Park will be remembered differently amongst varying fans. Some will remember the fact he only played 30-odd games for The Hammers before moving on and consider him something of a one-trick pony.
Indeed penalty taking was his forte. As he proved at Euro 2012 he is deadly from 12 yards and the majority of his eight West Ham goals came from the spot.
No Hammer fan will deny he was not a character; the type of player synonymous with West Ham United Football Club. From scoring his first goal with a two-footed lunge from the penalty mark and his dreadlocked hair he was never short of a story or two.
He was also undoubtedly harbouring precocious talent even if it was not on full view all the time. One thing nobody could deny was his wand of a left-foot.
However when Gianfranco Zola left the club the writing appeared on the wall for Diamanti and after just one game of the doomed 2010-11 season he left the club for Brescia.
Since then he has left for Bologna (with Brescia still owing West Ham £2.2 million from sell-on clauses) and had an excellent season at the club last year which saw him included in the Euro 2012 squad.
He has had another great campaign in Northern Italy and that has led to him being a transfer target for Italian giants Inter Milan.
While another former West Ham player could not make the grade at Inter when John Carew was told ‘thanks but no thanks’ earlier in the month it appears the Nerazzurri are ready to bring in the 29-year-old this summer.
After his excellent performance against Inter last weekend during Bologna’s shock 1-0 victory the rumour mill has started once again with his former team-mate Marco Di Vaio in no doubt about his ability to play at that level:
“With his quality, he has everything needed to make the difference for a big club. He has one of the best left foots in the Division, he works really hard and there are few players as unpredictable as him. He’s a hard-working fantasista. He would be perfect in the second striker role, like Sebastian Giovinco, or as a midfielder.”
What do West Ham fans remember of Alessandro Diamanti?
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