Every young striker who explodes on to the scene these days has to deal with comparisons to Borussia Dortmund’s blond bomber Erling Haaland – but Southampton target Lorenzo Lucca is making a name for himself in his own right in Italy’s second tier.
The 6ft 7in tower of Pisa is a striker “inspired by Haaland and Zlatan Ibrahimovic”. Lucca has scored six times in seven Serie B matches this season while firing Pisa to top spot.
And, according to TuttoB, interest from abroad is on the rise.
Scouts working on behalf of RB Leipzig and Premier League Southampton were present in the stands as Italy U21s took on Sweden this week.
Lucca scored, too. Of course he did.
And if Palermo’s sporting director could turn back the clock, you’d imagine he would have fought that little bit harder to keep hold of Lucca three months ago.
“I was amazed, I had never seen a 2m striker before but one who is at the same time dynamic, agile and skilful. He has a powerful shot, a la Batistuta,” Renzo Castagnini tells Tuttosport.
“He works to help his teammates, a bit like (Mario) Mandzukic.
“He is neither (Luca) Toni nor Haaland – he is Lucca. How many goals do I expect in Serie B? From 15 to 20. It will depend on luck.”
Southampton could do with a striker like Lucca
Castagnini is convinced it’s only a matter of time before Lucca is on the move again. However, he suggests one of Italy’s most in-form frontmen could afford to aim a little higher than a Southampton side winless in their first seven games of the campaign.
“(He could play for) any top club. But I would see him particularly well in AC Milan’s project.
“I believe Lucca is ready to play in Serie A. Probably the more he plays with stronger players, the better he becomes.”
Given Southampton have scored just five goals in seven league matches – a tally only higher than bottom-of-the-table Norwich City – a striker with Lucca’s predatory instincts would be welcomed with open arms at St Mary’s.