Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini has one of the best left feet in the game, according to his agent.
The 23-year-old has been in impressive form so far this season, scoring six goals and creating 12 chances in 12 Serie A appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 74% and a shot accuracy of 56%.
A number of clubs are reportedly interest in Italy international Gabbiadini, including Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur.
The striker’s agent, Silvio Pagliari, has now explained just what makes the Italian so special, specifically what makes his left foot so special.
“At 14 Atalanta sent Manolo Gabbiadini to play on loan, because he wasn’t physically ready for the first team,” Silvio Pagliari told Tele Radio Stereo, according to Football Italia. “I came across him in Montichiari and I was bewitched by his left foot.
“I’m not surprised by his development, he’s got a good head on his shoulders, one of those players who doesn’t speak much but shows a lot.
“He has eight goals between the league and the Italian cup, given he’s playing out wide it’s a considerable haul. His left foot reminds me - in the way he shoots - of Gigi Riva.
“Manolo shows what the ‘boy next door’ can do. Without gelled hair or tattoos, he’s a real son of Bergamo who prefers facts to idle talk.”
Gigi Riva is one of the greatest players of all time and is Italy’s all-time top scorer, and it is lofty praise indeed for Gabbiadini.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, it appears that Italian club Napoli have pipped them to the signature of the 23-year-old, with latest reports in Italy suggesting that he could move to the Naples-based outfit in the January transfer window.