Lazio have made Felipe Caicedo available for about £4 million in January, giving Newcastle United and Everton a chance to bring the veteran striker back to England (CittaCeleste).
If you’re in need of a goal in the dying embers of stoppage time, there are few players you would rather have at your disposal.
Because the 31-year-old Ecuadorian is master of the Hollywood ending.
With Lazio level at 3-3 away to Torino, it was Caicedo who scrambled the ball over the line in the 97th minute. In the next Serie A fixture, he repeated the trick against Juventus – this time in the 94th minute.
Sandwiched between was a Champions League clash with Zenit St Petersburg. This time Caicedo arrived surprisingly early to the party, scoring the equaliser with eight minutes of normal time remaining.
But therein lies a problem.
Citta Celeste reports Caicedo is sick of being a ‘super-sub’.
He’s started just three Serie A and Champions League games in 2020/21 and, with Ciro Immobile not going anywhere, the former Manchester City youngster is eyeing a January exit from Stadio Olimpico.
Newcastle United and Everton have already been linked, via Ecuadorian publication Ecuagol, with a striker who was recorded to have the hardest shot in Italian football last season.
Apparently, Lazio president Claudio Lotito has promised the £40,000-a-week benchwarmer he can leave if offers of £4.5 million arrive.
Whether Caicedo would welcome a return to England, however, remains doubtful. In Callum Wilson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, two of the hottest strikers in the Premier League are leading the line at Newcastle and Everton.
If it’s guaranteed game time he wants, Caicedo is better off looking elsewhere.