Thursday December 27 2012
‘Fiorentina need a striker’

Fiorentina legend Giancarlo Antognoni believes that the Viola are just a striker away from being a stable top three side.

The Tuscan giants have been a revelation this term and they are third after 18 games, but Antognoni sees a weakness in attack.

“This Fiorentina side needs a centre-forward,” he told Firenze Viola. “I have great respect for Luca Toni and the others, but they definitely require a forward.

“Let’s say that if they had a player like Roma’s Pablo Daniel Osvaldo then qualifying for the Champions League this season would be clearly available to them.”

Osvaldo is actually a former Fiorentina player. The Argentine-born striker scored just five goals in 21 games over one and a half seasons in Florence, but he’s now a recognised Italian international.

Osvaldo has nine goals in 13 League games for Roma this season.

Fiorentina’s top scorer in Serie A in 2012-13 is Stevan Jovetic with eight, while Toni has grabbed six in 14 matches.