This figure gives a starting point for a comparative analysis of average realization of all of our league’s most prolific striker since February of last year, which is when Matri for the first time wore the jersey of Juventus. He ran the 23 th day of the season and therefore our comparative analysis takes account of the last 15 games of the 2010-2011 season and the first of this season. Obviously the attackers arrived in Serie A this year alone, such as Osvaldo and Klose, are excluded from statistics.
Our analysis shows that only two players managed to do better then Alessandro Matri, without taking into account the penalty kicks as the Juventus striker has not even kicked one. This is Antonio Di Natale, scored – excluding penalties – 14 times in 22 games, and Rodrigo Palacio, scored 12 times in the last 21 games. Even Edinson Cavani, scored and 7 times in 18 matches and Giampaolo Pazzini, 9 goals in 20 games, have guaranteed the average realization of Juventus attacker.
Were even less prolific Gilardino (6 goals in 17 games) and Totti (without penalties scored only 5 times during the 18 games). Awesome, finally, the figure for Zlatan Ibrahimovic the Swedish player scored just one goal from open play – the one into an empty goal against Lazio – in the 13 games played since February.
The data just analyzed leads inevitably to ask ourselves a question: why Alessandro Matri seems out of the national team? The Juventus striker has in fact wore the blue shirt on one occasion: it was the month of March when, during the trip to Ukraine, “Mitra” entered the field to the quarter of an hour and shooting to find the goal of the final 2-0 , making the most of Giovinco’s assist.
From that moment on, the blue shirt was a chimera for the striker, who is unlikely to have the opportunity to play the Europeans. Data in hand, Alberto Gilardino and Giampaolo Pazzini, leading candidates to get on the plane to Ukraine and Poland, have scored less and with less continuity.
And if Di Natale, top scorer of the last two seasons and still the leading scorer, may be worth the discourse of age and at the end of a cycle, on Alessandro Matri these arguments do not hold up. From now when the official list for Euro 2012 will pass are more than 6 months: if Matri will continue realization of these averages, Prandelli will be able to ignore him?
source:goal.comby: Renato Maisani
adapted by:Mike Prise