Thanks to a narrow and potentially vital 2-1 win at Chievo on Sunday, Serie A debutants Crotone have closed the gap to 17th placed Empoli to just five points. Perhaps the Italian top flight will have a relegation battle to enjoy this season after all.
The 25-year-old netted a brilliant, curling winner against the Verona natives at the weekend, taking his tally to nine for the season. When you consider that Crotone have scored just 21 league goals in 2016/17, that becomes even more impressive.
Therefore, the scouts sent from West Brom and Crystal Palace, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio, did not endure a wasted journey.
Both Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce are expected to enter the market for a striker in the summer due to a lack of goalscoring depth within their respective squads.
The veteran duo’s reputation for getting the best out of rangy, powerful targetman precedes them and, at 6ft 1ins, Falcinelli fits the mould. Yet, the Italian is a different beast to Christian Benteke or Salomon Rondon.
He is a more technical player, capable of locating the corners within the confines of the 18 yard box with finesse and precision. In fact, his aerial ability is one of the standout weaknesses in the 25-year-old’s game.
Though this, rather than suggesting that Allardyce and Pulis are embracing a different approach, should perhaps act as an alarm bell.
Yet, Falcinelli has proven his fighting spirit and his penchant for big goals this season. And these characteristics would certainly go down well at Selhurst Park or The Hawthorns.
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