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Can Diamanti Emulate Di Canio?

Can Diamanti emulate Di Canio?

Can Diamanti emulate Di Canio?

Can West Ham United’s new Italian talent have the same impact on the Hammers as club legend Paolo Di Canio did between 1999 and 2003? Gianfranco Zola signed Alessandro Diamanti for a fee of around £6 million in the summer. Big money for an untested player especially in light of West Ham’s supposed financial handicap. But it could prove to be a smart acquisition by Zola in light of the past weekends game.

After scoring a controversial penalty against Liverpool on Saturday he has been thrown into the limelight for the wrong reasons. Chris Waddle who commentated on the match for ESPN UK was convinced that Diamanti touched the ball twice – as he took the penalty- but the Italian himself is adamant he scored a legitimate goal, “I don’t care what TV shows. It deserved a goal. I don’t believe I touched it twice. I was trying to hit it down the middle and that is what happened.” I will leave you to make up your own mind.

Signed from Livrono in Serie A, Diamanti was a star in Serie B last year, guiding the Amaranti to promotion with six goals in the final ten matches of the season as the Tuscan side went up via the playoffs. He is also accustomed to scoring magnificent long-range efforts, such as the edge of the box volley for Livorno against Triestina.

His current boss has likened the player to himself and former Hammer, Di Canio, as Zola told Italian sports daily, Gazzetta dello Sport: “He’s a cross between myself and Paolo Di Canio.” These are large boots to fill given the standing Di Canio has amongst the West Ham faithful and after the performance against Liverpool he showed that the potential is most definitely there.

Alessandro Diamanti is a very pacy player with fantastic ball control and explosive shot, with the added bonous of being a set-piece specialist, it appears West Ham have unearthed another Italian gem. He is somewhat of a late bloomer, spending most of his career so far in the lower divisions of Italian football with hometown club Prato, and it wasn’t until he befriended Fabio Galante who recommended him to the Livrono chairman.

More recently, for West Ham reserves he banged in two magnificent free kicks in a 6-0 rout over Birmingham, after almost six months out. It is his goals but also his personality that will win over the fans, Diamanti stated on joining, “I chose West Ham because the club have the tradition of playing great football. Also, because the West Ham fans are really passionate and that is the way I am.”

Once full match fitness is achieved he will be a real thorn in the side of Premier League defences. You have been warned.

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  1. asdasdasd

    January 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    He. 4th rate league with an anateur level Italian. Out of Totti, Del Piero , Baggio , Mancini, Signori and Chiesa your epl got “rejects” Di Canio and Zola. EPL= 4th rate. All rugby players who kick and run and appreciate these “rejects”

  2. JimmyBean

    October 1, 2009 at 9:01 am

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    A definite great read..Jim Bean

  3. nssf04

    September 23, 2009 at 11:14 am

    randomsausage, that was the point that I wanted to make, too; glad that it was pointed out. Diamanti was a handful for 60 minutes or so in Saturday’s match. Hines was a revelation, too — I think that’s the first time I’ve seen him play.

    I’m disappointed by yesterday’s result, though. Bolton have been a bogey side for West Ham the last couple of years. Am I remembering correctly that the Hammers’ last win was the 3-1 game at Upton Park in the second-to-last week of the 2006-07 season? I watched that from an Irish pub in Venice. Tévez had an amazing opening half-hour to bury Bolton.

    On to face Citeh.

  4. randomsausage

    September 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Hopefully he will not emulate Di Canio’s Il Duce-loving fascist views. Thought he was excellent before he tired. Hope The Hammers get their act together soon — Zola’s one of football’s good guys.

    • Eric

      September 22, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks for reminding me, randomsausage, of Paolo’s penchant for that. Always like Zola as a player, and like his approach as a manager for WHU.

  5. Eric

    September 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    As a Liverpool supporter, I was happy he tuckered out. He, Hines and Cole were tough to deal with in the 1st half. And, if he’s half as good as DeCanio was for the Hammers, watch out!

  6. Rob

    September 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Hope your last statement is right, as I went out and picked him up for one of my Soccer Manager teams for just over 5 million pounds.

    What a beauty that goal was, though.

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