Used as a substitute during the Italy-Sweden game by Antonio Conte, Simone Zaza has learnt how to become an impact player off the bench, getting plenty of practice at Juventus.
Stuck behind Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata, the Italian striker has had little chance to show what he is capable of in Turin, but when he has, he’s grabbed it with both hands.
Scoring eight goals in under 958 minutes of football last season spread out over 24 appearances, the 24-year-old was the subject of much interest from the Premier League last winter, and has continued to be this summer.
Crystal Palace, Swansea and West Ham have all been linked with the player in some shape or form this summer, but the player has only one objective in mind: staying at Juventus.
Speaking in a press conference with Italy, relayed by Calciomercato, the player said: “Do I want another year like last season? I hope to play more. It was my first season in a great team. We’ll see when the Euros end, but I hope and want to stay in Turin.”
The striker was allegedly the subject of a €27m bid from Crystal Palace last winter, which was automatically.
He’s made his intentions clear, now we’ll have to wait and see how much Juventus want him next season.