Genoa could field a strike paring of Marco Borriello and Ciro Immobile against Juventus this weekend, but Gian Piero Gasperini has doubts over their partnership.
Borriello returned to Marassi from Roma after spending the last six months of 2011-12 at Juve, while Immobile is a youngster who is co-owned by both sides.
“Marco needs to feel loved in order to perform,” Gasperini, a former Genoa boss and an ex-Juventus youth sector tactician, told Tuttosport.
“Immobile, meanwhile, will have to have a great season – which he could – in order to win a Juventus recall.
“However, both players are centre-forwards and we’ll have to see whether putting them together is a good idea.”
Gasperini, still out of work following his dismissal at Inter last term, was also asked for an opinion on Sebastian Giovinco.
“He’s not world class, but he is certainly a player who can give the Bianconeri something extra,” he continued.
“Some are asking him to replace Alex Del Piero, but it is impossible to say today whether Sebastian will reach that level.
“Not all class players can be No 1. However, Giovinco knows how to make a difference.”