Responding to this here.
What's wrong with Immobile?
I mean: top goalscorer in Serie A, Italian, young and probably going to the World Cup. Yet the Italian Champions prefer to sell him rather than get him back... And Juventus is looking for a new striker...
Don't get me wrong though, I think it's a good transfer. But is it something that he has that Juventus doesn't like or is it just that Juventus doesn't know his value?
Well, I doubt that they don't know his worth seeing as he was this year's Cappocannoniere in Italy and they own half of his playing rights, but I think Juventus are trying to make money for a marquee forward signing like Sanchez or Cavani, who they are targeting since they see those players as ones that could take them to the next level to compete for the Champions League trophy having established themselves as the force in Italian football now with 3 consecutive Scudetti triumphs.
They also have the likes of Tevez, Llorente, and Giovinco around who I don't think they're interested in selling so having those three with a marquee striker signing probably means there's no room for Immobile there.
Immobile was very poor during his days at Genoa but Torino gave him a lifeline not long ago trying to recapture the form that he produced during his days in Serie B with Pescara where he scored 28 goals in 37 games in the 2011/12 season. It was a risk but they hit the jackpot with that seeing as he won the top scorer award playing for a side that was expected to finish mid-table at the start of the season and ended up making it to a Europa League spot for next year.
He formed a fantastic partnership with Cerci up front, with Cerci being the more withdrawn playmaking forward and Immobile being the lethal finisher. He is a world class finisher, his reading of plays around him and movement is impeccable, strong on the ball, has a healthy work ethic, and is deceivingly quick. He's not all perfect because his passing does leave a lot to be desired especially in comparison to Lewandowski and his crossing is pretty awful, but he has all the other qualities to be a successful marksman.
He is lethal on the counter attack with the abilities he possesses, something that will fit perfectly in Klopp's system if he gets the space and the service regularly. He reminds me a lot of old school #9 centerforwards from what I've seen of him. I'm pleased that Klopp and Watzke have gone out to sign Immobile and Ramos, two different types of forwards with different abilities, to replace Lewandowski. This will give the team more depth and options to play with.
Now instead of having just Lewandowski to rely on for the goals from the CF options (since Schieber was a complete failure), the team will have Immobile, Ramos, and Ducksch next season on top of Reus, Aubameyang, and Mkhitaryan. It's the perfect attacking recipe, although it needs more in the creative department to really release its full potential.