Former Southampton troublemaker continuing to impress on loan

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Dani Osvaldo continues to shine on loan at Boca Juniors, with the Italy international’s fine record in front of goal possibly paving the way for a return.

Former Southampton and Roma striker Dani Osvaldo may be playing his way back into contention for a return to Europe.

Signed by the Saints from the Giallorossi for a hefty £12.8 million (per the Mirror) back in the summer of 2013, the 29-year-old soon found himself searching for another club after a training ground bust-up with captain Jose Fonte.

Loan moves to Juventus and more recently Inter Milan followed, though off-the-pitch problems continued to dog the Italy international.

Roberto Mancini opted to cancel Osvaldo’s loan deal with the Nerazzurri after he clashed with yet another teammate, this time strike partner Mauro Icardi.

Now with Boca Juniors in Argentina, the Lanus-born forward is still facing an uncertain future in the game.

But he’s certainly enhanced any lingering hopes of a return to Europe in recent weeks, with a series of all-action performances that have, most crucially, featured goals aplenty.

In seven appearances for Boca to date, Osvaldo has scored five times, with the most recent of these goals coming in the weekend’s 1-1 draw with San Martin de San Juan.

Though this latest effort came from the penalty spot, the 29-year-old’s spot-kick was nevertheless a well-executed one and offered further evidence of a striker beginning to regain his confidence.

Cut out the issues behind the scenes and the former Roma man could yet carve out a future in Europe and maybe even the Premier League.

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