Gilardino netted against Slavia Prague in the Champions League qualifiers, scored a vital late equaliser versus Juventus in Week 1, provided a delightful assist for Adrian Mutu at Napoli in Week 2, and scored Sunday’s winner at the Franchi against Bologna. Sandwiched amongst this action he managed a double in Lyon’s imposing Stade Gerland.
Fiorentina’s new No 11 has demonstrated true mental strength to ignore Carlo Ancelotti’s attempts to keep him out the side, even if it involved the creation of strange new formations, cut his losses and leave Milan at the age of 26. This new season has seen him richly, and deservedly, rewarded. (C4)