WOULD VIDUKA MAKE A MARK ON SERIE A?
By Raffaella Valentino
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
With 12 games to go and the Scudetto virtually sewn onto their shirts, Roma are already thinking about next year's campaign and are set to reinforce what is already an extremely competitive squad. Despite boasting the best forward line in Serie A, the Giallorossi have started targeting the best forwards in Europe to form a deadly striking force next to current goalscorers Vincenzo Montella, Gabriel Batistuta and Marco Delvecchio. So far Viduka, appears to be Roma's number one target, but would the Aussie forward be up to the challenge?
In scoring matter, Leeds' number nine has nothing to envy Batistuta and Co. for as he has already scored with 15 of his 25 shots on target, doing better than Italian international duo Montella and Delvecchio, who have only netted 10 goals between them. Batistuta on the contrary, has also scored 15 goals and has also fired more shots on target (47) than Viduka.
With talents such as Francesco Totti, Antonio Cassano and Hidetoshi Nakata competing to deliver the best possible passes to Roma's forwards, Viduka should not struggle to keep up his outstanding scoring tally if he moves to the Olympic Stadium.
The ex-Celtic striker has also proved himself useful in contributing to the build up of the game, holding the ball upfront and then releasing key passes to his team-mate's. So far in The Premiership, Viduka has registered two goal assists, better than both, Bati-gol and 'Aeroplanino' (Montella) who have supplied one assist each.
Throughout this season, Viduka has proved to be more than just a powerful player, delighting the Elland Road fans with his silky skills and technique. The 'friendly giant' has completed 119 dribbles and runs and the greatness of such a quantity can be better appreciated when compared with those of world-class striker such as Batistuta, who has skipped passed an opponent on only 13 occasions this season.
Overall, Viduka appears to have all the qualities to do well in Serie A, and with Leeds still silencing their doubters in the Champions League, the Australian forward will already have had a taste of playing amongst the best European clubs by the end of the 2000-01 campaign. As well as the ability, Viduka can now boast the experience... Can anyone ask for more?