That Lucas Pratto has been chosen ahead of Mauro Icardi for Argentina in recent months perhaps speaks more about the Inter Milan talisman’s propensity for off-the-field controversy than it does about the former’s quality.
Yet, there’s no doubt that Pratto will not be short of suitors if and when he has a second stab at breaking into Europe.
And the 28-year-old, who has scored five goals in seven games since moving to Brazilian giants Sao Paolo just two months ago, admits that he may attempt to prove his worth on another continent sooner rather than later.
“I’ll always want to return to Europe,” Pratto, who disappointed with one Serie A goal in 14 games for Genoa in 2011/12, told ESPN.
“I’ve went too young, and I think maybe I took a wrong decision in coming back so early. Maybe I could have stayed for six more months and be loaned to another club in Europe.
“I’ll always want to return to Europe to play with the great players there, but I’m very happy here.”
However, if Pratto does indeed attempt to right the wrongs of his short-term stay in Italy, it seems that the Premier League is his most likely destination.
The Daily Mail claimed in December that West Ham were mulling over a deal for the £14 million rated forward but it’s fair to say that he will not have to do much to outshine their most recent South American import.
It’s not long since Jonathan Calleri was linked with the likes of Inter Milan, Juventus and Chelsea. But, since arriving at West Ham on loan from Deportivo Maldonado, he has mustered just one goal in 11 substitute appearances in England.
It’s not even that he has simply struggled to adapt to the pace of the game. When Calleri has been given a chance, he has squandered it more often than not. And the size and shape of the nets don’t change depending on your league.
Therefore, perhaps West Ham should think twice before returning for another Argentine forward.
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