Lazio get a striker to make their Golden Shoe shine brighter

Lazio get a striker to make their Golden Shoe shine brighter

After 12 years Lazio is going to play in the Champions League. Last season, the club was the prime competitor with Juventus for the Scudetto until the COVID-19 break hit. But the president Claudio Lotito is failing to seize the moment and enhance the squad. Only now has the club secured their first major signing in Vedat Muriqi.

While they tried to sign an attacking midfielder and failed publicly when David Silva decided to go to Real Sociedad all of a sudden, the club's first big signing is a striker. Muriqi arrives from Fenerbahce for €20,000,000 and after a single season at the Turkish giants. He’ll get a five-year deal in Rome.

Lazio plays in the 3-5-2 formation and utilizes two strikers most of the time, as Ciro benefits from playing with a strong striker like Felipe Caicedo. With the 194cms tall Muriqi, six years younger than the Ecuadorian, Simone Inzaghi will have perhaps a more solid partner for the Golden Shoe.

"I see myself suited for their style of play. Lazio played with two strikers in most games last season. They said they needed a striker like me. I chose them too. For me, the team’s success comes first, then the individual. I go to a new team and I hope to be successful," said Muriqi.

While Caicedo does a lot for the team his goalscoring record isn't that great with 24 finishes in 109 games. Muriqi had 17 in 36 games for Fenerbahce last season. Overall, he has 37 goals in the Turkish Super Lig with 112 games played. Not a far better option but the Albanian connection certainly played a part in this transfer.

Lazio's sporting director is Albanian, so is the club's goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha. Muriqi was born in the Serbian province of Kosovo and is Albanian. While Kosovo started playing international games, with Muriqi scoring eight times in 22 matches, it's still not recognized by the United Nations.

In this season on which Lazio can build for the secure, consistent future, the arrivals of Pepe Reina as a backup goalkeeper and Muriqi as a partner to Immobile don't raise much hype at Olimpico.


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