Monday August 22 2016
Mertens pushes Insigne towards bench?

Dries Mertens' spectacular condition of form could push a faded Lorenzo Insigne towards the Napoli bench.

The Belgian replaced the Italian yesterday in a very traditional move for Coach Maurizio Sarri, in the second half of the first Serie A game against Pescara.

With the team trailing by two goals, Mertens utterly revolutionised the play of the Neapoletan side as he came in and scored twice in three minutes, rescuing a draw.

Combined with this summer's controversies over Insigne's contract, as his agent threatened to leave the club if a raise is not provided, we may witness a reversal of the traditional hierarchies.

Insigne is in a poor condition of form and not particularly motivated, so Mertens could well become the permanent starter, with the Italian to act as a super-sub in the second half.

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