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Shouldn't Italy drop Immobile in order to start scoring again?

With Lazio, Ciro Immobile has had a brilliant start to the season, netting four goals in the opening two Serie A matches of the season. However, he has been subpar in the Azzurri shirt in his entire career, as he has failed to replicate the same deadly form at international level with Italy

The Lazio striker didn’t score in Italy’s back to back draws against Bulgaria and Switzerland and although Roberto Mancini seems to trust his striker, there are some alternatives he may likely consider for the next few games, perhaps starting from Wednesday when the Azzurri host Lithuania at Reggio Emilia’s Mapei Stadium.

During their Euro, Andrea Belotti was the backup striker but the Torino star sustained an injury at the beginning of the international break, so he is currently out of action. Despite being Torino’s best player for the last few years, he has only scored more than 20 goals once in his career, in Serie A 2016-17 campaign. 

Players such as Gianluca Scamacca, Moise Kean and Giacomo Raspadori are the other strikers called up in the Azzurri squad by Mancini for their games against Bulgaria, Switzerland and Lithuania and they seem to be the most viable options for the future as well, with 2022 World Cup just around the corner.

Moise Kean has more experience internationally, but he is not the type of striker Mancini want and that could be the reason he left him out of the EURO 2020 Azzurri squad, bringing in 12-year-old Raspadori instead.

Also, Scamacca could be tried as well as he's an interesting option but, yet again, this is an interesting prospect who has yet to make his senior debut for Italy. He has scored nine goals in 15 matches with the U21 squad, the Sassuolo starlet, could make his debut against Lithuania on Wednesday.

The Rome born could be the solution for Italy in the striking position for now as he's proven to be capable of scoring goals and keeping the ball up front to ease the opponents’ pressure and create space for his teammates. He could be an interesting show as to how he can adapt to Mancini’s football. Last season on loan at Genoa, he scored 12 goals in 29 matches across all competitions. 

Even during the Euros, the Italy CT Roberto Mancini has already tried a centre forward who moves towards the ball in a deeper position. For instance, in the second half of the Final against England, he deployed Insigne as a centre forward and Zaniolo could do exactly the same, making the most of his physical and technical skills. The versatile Roma starlet can play in many different roles in the final third and Mancini already tried him up front for the last 30 minutes against Switzerland on Sunday.

Therefore, based on his performance at Lazio, Immobile seems to be the most reliable option for Mancini, but with just 15 goals in 54 games with the Azzurri, his lack of form with the national team is a matter of concern and Mancini must deal with it. Perhaps, Immobile is no more untouchable for the Italian CT. Who knows, the coach might have a few alternatives in mind for the next few games.

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