Napoli Relying on Edinson Cavani’s Goals
Edinson Cavani has been a major hit with Napoli’s fanatical supporters as he continues to find the back of the net at an impressive rate. Last season, his first with the Partenopei, the striker managed to score 26 goals in 35 league matches. This is by no means an easy feat considering the Uruguay international attacker plays in Serie A which is considered a defensive league driven by tactics as opposed to the more free flowing game characterizing most English Premier League matches.
Cavani does not only score goals against the weaker sides but also on the big stage as confirmed by his record against the elite clubs. Italian champions Milan were on the receiving end of a Cavani hat-trick early in the season while European opponents have seen first hand what the Uruguayan striker is capable of. During the group stage of the Champions League, Cavani managed to score the two goals in the 2-1 win over Manchester City, effectively eliminating the English club from Europe’s elite competition.
Edinson also scored one goal in Manchester to earn the Partenopei a precious point against the Citizens and most recently notched a goal against Chelsea to help his team carry a 3-1 lead to London. There is no doubt Napoli will be looking for Cavani to help the club reach the latter stages of the European competition.
While his stats might pale when compared to those of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Cavani’s achievements must not be overlooked because his role in Napoli’s surprise run in Europe has been quite significant. Last season Cavani had a hand in more than half of Napoli’s goals in Serie A since he provided 6 assists to his teammates in addition to scoring 26 out of the 59 goals scored by his team.
This season he remains on course to repeat last season’s impressive numbers as he has scored 15 goals in 22 league appearances so far. There is interest in securing the services of Cavani emanating from La Liga and the English Premier League. It might be hard for Napoli to hold on to their star player if he continues to score goals at this impressive rate.
Cavani has admitted there is intense pressure on him to perform because of Napoli’s passionate fans but he stresses he is happy and would not move just for the sake of money. This must be welcome news for the Partenopei as some of England’s and Spain’s top clubs can easily offer audacious salaries to quality players such as Cavani.