Consistency is always the bridge between a top-quality player and one that can be described as world-class. The ability to showcase brilliance when it matters most, when the pressure is on with the game on the line; that’s crucial if you want to be considered elite.
With the 2016/17 campaign finally over, it’s time to reflect. Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio side have fully embraced the tag of underdogs under new management, with the 41-year-old impressing many having only taken over on a permanent basis after Marcelo Bielsa’s shock departure just two days after he was officially appointed last July.
Ciro Immobile’s 23 league goals fired them to a commendable fifth-placed finish, whilst Felipe Anderson and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic excelled with consistent performances throughout the campaign.
However, there is another player whose progress has been intriguing to watch and with a year left on the 22-year-old’s current deal, many of Europe’s top clubs have continued to monitor Keita Baldé’s progress in Italy.