Gianluca Pagliuca expected Alberto Gilardino to rediscover his scoring touch following his move to Bologna.
The Italian international joined the Dall’Ara outfit on transfer deadline day from Genoa and he has responded with five goals in five League games.
“We are talking about a great player who some people said was finished,” the former Rossoblu goalkeeper noted.
“But I’m not surprised by his re-birth. He is a 30-year-old who has always scored goals.”
Bologna has a reputation for re-launching the careers of players who have lost their way – past stars such as Roberto Baggio, Giuseppe Signori and Marco Di Vaio.
“Bologna is an important place, a happy one which allows you to demonstrate all of your potential,” continued the 1994 World Cup player.
“The club did well to target Gilardino. He’s an added weapon for this side.”
View the latest World Cup 2014 odds and betting here