Ballardini asks for a light rose. Space for more young people And down the mount. Precious: “Choices not to be mistaken”
Genoa – A summit by the sea. Introduce the president Preziosi and Ballardini but also the ds Marroccu, who played a very effective diplomatic role in these. It should go on stage today, barring counter-orders. There is the new Genoa to be designed, starting from the fifteen players who will greet between the end of the contract and the loan without redemption. Someone will remain in the end but the team is to be rebuilt. «There is a lot of work to be done, we will have to meet to make the right choices with the aim of improving ourselves. Without forgetting the needs of the budget », Preziosi announced. Never before will attention be needed as this time, given the general state of crisis of the clubs and the inevitable repercussions that there will be on the market.
The goal of the rossoblù club is to reduce a salary that in recent months, thanks to the sales in January, had dropped to 36 million but in September had largely exceeded the quota 40 million, also taking into account the non-squads such as Schone and the various bonuses provided for by individual contracts. We need a resizing and then in this sense the squad scheme requested by Ballardini is useful: 16-18 “senior” players plus 6-8 boys. This year, just to get an idea, the squad available to Balla at the end of the season was 29 players, Spring excluded. And this number had been reached by cutting a lot in January and inserting it only Strootman, Onguené and Portanova.
There will be a lot to cut short, also because there are at least twenty players returning from loans. Some are “heavy” calibers such as Sturaro, Favilli, Bani and Agudelo.
Reduced squad, salaries accordingly. IS great attention will also be paid to the average age of the group: this year the rossoblù (28.1) was the fourth highest in the entire Serie A: in front there were only Inter (29), Lazio (28.8) and Fiorentina (28.2). Immediately after Genoa, Sampdoria. It must be said that both Maran and Ballardini have launched some young players such as Scamacca, Rovella, Eyango, Dumbravanu and Kallon. Of course, however, especially in defense, the average age is quite high and some corrections will have to be taken. From the point of view of young people, the prospects are very interesting: from the Spring Kallon, Beso, Dumbravanu and Sadiku are candidates, while the eighteen-year-old center-forward Buksa has just been hired and from Lucchese returns, with the ambition to grow again after a good season, former Primavera striker Flavio Bianchi, who is just 21 years old.
Without forgetting the right outside Cambiaso, another twenty-one, fresh from the loan at Empoli. In short, the material is very promising but there is still a lot to do.
First of all there is the goalkeeper problem to be solved: with Perin always in the front row but with competitors, starting with Joronen and Sepe.
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