We have all heard the expression … ‘you wait for ages for a bus and then two come at the same time’. The same can sometimes be said about goals in football, and that appears to be the case for Federico Macheda.
When the Italian striker burst onto the scene in 2009 it looked like the start of a great and prosperous career for the lad at Old Trafford. After scoring eight goals in eight games for the reserves he was given a promotion to the first team - and thrown in to the mix as an act of desperation by Sir Alex Ferguson, when his side found themselves 2-1 down with half hour left against Aston Villa.
Since then the amazing progression that was expected has not materialised and the 21-year-old has only had League Cup ties and Champions League dead rubbers to prove his worth. A loan-spell at Sampdoria was an unmitigated disaster while little positive could be said about a similar stint at QPR - his time with VfB Stuttgart last term was essentially time wasted.
Now the Roman is out on loan again with Doncaster Rovers the lucky, or unlucky, recipients of his ‘goalscoring talents’.
Indeed, for a striker things in front of goal have not been going swimmingly for the striker in recent seasons.
The Italian has not scored since November 2011 - in the 2-1 Carling Cup defeat against Crystal Palace. And for a league goal we have to go even further back, to a game against Aston Villa in November 2010.
But both those unenviable records are now at an end, after Macheda bagged not one, but two goals for Doncaster against Nottingham Forest at the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon.
It was certainly a dream home debut for the player, and hopefully can kick-start something of a goalscoring run that was once so widely expected of him.
The fact he bagged both goals against one of the league’s top teams in the form of Forest is just another feather in his cap.
It could be a false dawn, but at least it is a glimmer of hope for Macheda’s career in England.
Is there still a future for Macheda in the Premier League one day?
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