Former Fulham loanee nets twice in 13-0 victory for Sampdoria

Former Fulham loanee Stefano Okaka was on the scoresheet in an Italian friendly.

Fulham fans may have mixed memories of Stefano Okaka.

The striker scored against the club for Roma in the Europa League, only to join them on loan months later after Roy Hodgson swung a deal with the Italian giants.

That was in 2009 and while Okaka did find the scoresheet for the then Premier League side, he did not do enough to earn a permanent move to Craven Cottage.

Five years on the 25-year-old plays for Serie A side Sampdoria, after spells in between with Parma and Serie B sides Bari, and Spezia.

The striker featured for 90 minutes, but failed to score in, Sampdoria's only Serie A game of the season last weekend, but has been given a huge confidence boost after an ideal midweek friendly.

The Italian side took on lower league side Luese, and ran up a staggering 13-0 scoreline, and Okaka found the net twice.

Teammate Francesco Fedato scored a hat-trick while former Spurs linked defender Matias Silvestre also found the scoresheet.

Okaka needs a strong season in Serie A this year to revitalise a career which has flagged in recent seasons, and this season he has every opportunity. If he can't grasp it, a slip down the divisions like his former side may become inevitable. 

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