Sunday August 11 2019
Lozano is just what Napoli need

With Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano seemingly close to Napoli, Massimo Nuzzo considers what the Mexican winger can bring to the Partenopei.

Napoli have put together a solid transfer window heading into the 2019-20 Serie A season. The additions of Kostas Manolas, Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Eljif Elmas have strengthened an already strong side, and introducing Hirving Lozano into that group adds even more to Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

Currently with Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven, Lozano has helped the Dutch side to a league title and a second place finish in his two years with them. In his first season with the Eredivisie giants, ‘Chucky’ Lozano led the team in scoring with 17 league goals on the way to their 24th Dutch championship.

Deployed mainly as a winger, Lozano has scored 40 times in 78 appearances in all competitions over his two seasons for the red and whites. Factor in his performances with Mexico, and it makes a proposed move to the Partenopei something for Napoletani to salivate over.

A big part of Lozano’s early success as a player is largely due to his versatility. He plays mainly on the left wing, allowing him to cut in to his preferred right foot and get shots off on goal. If the opportunity isn’t there, Lozano’s pace allows him to get down the line and deliver crosses in for his teammates. However, with Napoli club captain Lorenzo Insigne mainly deployed out on the left, Lozano’s versatility will be key in his possible inclusion to Ancelotti’s side.

Chucky can also play out on the right and, if needed, as a striker. Lozano’s weaker left foot is at a level to where him being utilized as a right-winger wouldn’t diminish his return too much. Seeing as Ancelotti is rumored to switch to a 4-2-3-1 for the upcoming season, Lozano would slot in nicely on either side of the three-man midfield directly behind the striker.

The 24-year-old also offers creativity in attack, with his ability to assist teammates a testament to his vision and technique going forward. In both PSV campaigns, Lozano assisted eight times over the course of the Eredivisie season. In addition to this, he often presses high up the pitch, forcing defenders to make mistakes and allowing for his side to win the ball back in good positions to attack the opposition’s goal.

Youth is also a major positive he can bring to Napoli. While the Partenopei are for the most part a young side, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon serve as the oldest members of the Napoli attack, both aged 32. Callejon’s spot on the right wing specifically is where Lozano would be an improvement due to his age.

The Spanish winger is famous for having a motor that seems to never stop, as he often goes full throttle on both sides of the ball. Ancelotti has taken notice of this, and so far this preseason he has tested Callejon as a central midfielder in what may be an attempt to give his legs a rest. This also could be in preparation of Lozano’s supposed arrival, which would see Callejon’s minutes out wide reduced drastically to create an opportunity for the 24-year-old.

With all the things Lozano brings to Napoli on the field, he also represents a marketing opportunity. ‘Chucky’ Lozano is a massive star in his native Mexico, his performances with El Tri making him a fan favourite. On top of that, sponsorship deals with Pepsi and Nike add to the global presence the young Mexican winger already has. So if he were to join Napoli, it could lead to an increase in profit for the club, as well as an influx of casual fans who tuned in to watch Lozano play for the Partenopei.

A fee has reportedly been agreed between PSV Eindhoven and Napoli, but the usual issue of image rights for Aurelio De Laurentiis has stalled Hirving Lozano’s arrival at the Stadio San Paolo.

He was their first choice on the transfer market and it would be a great pity to see his arrival scuppered by something that has cancelled Napoli transfers before.

Have your say...
I saw this young man play at the last world cup, and he was spectacularly good. He will light up Serie A, there is little doubt about that. A major coup for Napoli. Omar, a Lazio fan.
on the 15th August, 2019 at 4:40am
PSV were beaten by Basel and the latter were beaten by LASK. U guys r talking about a craaaap from a craaaap team. LOL, yes, he deserves Napoli, both are looooooosers.
on the 14th August, 2019 at 11:29am
Lozano is a good player but Napoli desperately need a bomber. Dzeko/Icardi I. E a ruthless finisher to make them potent upfront. Milik can't lead the line if Napoli want to go far.
on the 13th August, 2019 at 6:12am
I got news for everyone, we’re getting James as well and taking Serie A this year!!
on the 13th August, 2019 at 2:00am
Napoli need an out and out striker who is ruthless enough to finish their moves. They need a Dzeko, an Icardi etc. Then guys like Chucky lozano can come later.
on the 12th August, 2019 at 11:32pm
Lozano is fine on the right wing , he played the majority of his games on that side last season and scored most of his goals there, I know stats don't tell the whole story and I am basing this on his Transfermarkt profile but outside of for Mexico in the world cup how many of you have actually seen him play ?
on the 12th August, 2019 at 5:32pm
A big season for Napoli, always the nearly-men. If they sign Lozano and Jamie Rodriguez they will be impressive, with arguably one of best centre-back pairing in Koulibaly and Manolas. Their issue is Inter have strengthened and Roma appear to be going the same way and grande Juve starting as favourites.
on the 12th August, 2019 at 12:37pm
All what Napoli wants is INSIGNE completely OUT OUT OUT, I have been saying it since the first year of Bennitez, he brings very negative enregies to the team, because of him Napoli's best palyers are sacrificed m, I'have been saying this for at least 7, or 8 years, and if hey keep him Napoli won't win a single thing.He was embarrassingly unwatchable as always.
on the 11th August, 2019 at 10:36pm
His agent, Mino Raiola has arrived in Naples for meeting with Napoli guys to formalize everything.
on the 11th August, 2019 at 9:08pm
What Napoli need is a new 45.000 seater arena. It can be build for 150-200 mill.
on the 11th August, 2019 at 9:03pm
Went off injured in the game for PSV today after just coming back form a long term injury.
on the 11th August, 2019 at 7:42pm
on the 11th August, 2019 at 5:45pm
I rate Lozano but the real difference maker for Napoli would have been Pepe, with his blistering pace and unabashed direct play. Everton is another who could be a difference maker.
James would at least add something new to the side.
Lozano, as good as he is, has just about the same characteristics and physique as Insigne and Mertens, not to mention Amin Younes.
on the 11th August, 2019 at 2:58pm
Napoli needs James and more importantly a striker.

Lozano is great but to spend over 40M and deploy someone on their weaker sides makes no sense. Napoli have Insigne, Younes and Mertens on the left.

The problem of ADL is that he rather makes good deals than address actual problems.

Given Juve’s strength and how much Inter have spent only 2 top players, including a Milik replacement can make Napoli competitive.
on the 11th August, 2019 at 12:19pm
He should be signed as he could be great for Napoli.

Hopefully ADL doesn't mess it up again with his image rights demands
on the 11th August, 2019 at 10:11am

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