Transfer Window RoundupBy: Neil | January 31st, 2013
It’s been a busy month for Napoli, and some notable moves were made.
First let’s look at who is leaving:
Aronica to Palermo
Dossena to Palermo
Vargas to Gremio (on loan)
Fernandez to Getafe (on loan)
Uvini to Siena (on loan)
As none of these players were making major contributions – the three young South Americans barely got any playing time – it’s actually improvement by subtraction. Aronica and Dossena were not going to make a long term impact at Napoli, while the other will get valuable playing time on loan at smaller teams. To be honest, Gremio could be a fairly big club but likely not as big as Napoli.
Here’s the new players:
Pablo Armero (loan plus option to buy)
Rolando (on loan)
All these signing are fairly low risk. Armero is on loan, so if he doesn’t work out the club can ship him back to Udinese. Calaio has played with Napoli before and knows the club quite well. Rolando is on loan and there is no long term commitment. The best signing, however, could be Radosevic who his agent compares to a young Rino Gattuso. I know the agent is biased, but there is a lot of talk about this young player.
The biggest adjustment was made to Napoli’s defence, with three defenders – Aronica, Fernandez, and Uvini leaving, and only Rolando coming in. With Cannavaro reinstated I think Napoli’s defence is still strong enough to see out the rest of the season. Here is the group of 6 defenders still on the roster:
Britos, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Gamberini, Rolando, Grava
You’ve got to figure that Campagnaro, Cannavaro, and Britos will start with Gamberini pushing any of those three for a starting spot, and Rolando providing backup in case of injuries. On top of that, Zuniga, Armero, and maybe even Behrami could fill in as emergency defenders if needed. So the defence look good for the time being, as long as there are no serious injuries. But it will need a tinkering again in the summer.