Fiorentina haven’t always treated the man wearing the armband very well. They pushed Dario Dainelli out the door in 2010, thinking he was nearing the end of his career (he’d spend nearly another decade in Serie A). After the Riccardo Montolivo captaincy fizzled, Alessandro Gamberini was unceremoniously shipped off to Napoli. Next it was Manuel Pasqual’s turn, then Gonzalo Rodríguez. Davide Astori is obviously a different case. But the the club’s record with their captains isn’t great.
That’s why the news from the Corriere dello Sport that Germán Pezzella is ready to renew his contract is very welcome indeed. After flirtations with Napoli, AC Milan, and Valencia, many assumed the Argentina international was ready for a new adventure after 3 years with the Viola. With a contract that runs out in 2022, this would be the club’s last opportunity to cash in on him, so we braced ourselves for the inevitable bad news. Now, though, club and player are ready to sign a 2-year extension that’ll keep him in Florence until 2024.
This is, without a doubt, an extremely good move for the Viola. Pezzella remains one of the most underrated defenders in Italy despite his fantastic performances. His aerial presence and excellent reading of the game make him a perfect fit in the middle of Giuseppe Iachini’s back three. His 2830 minutes in the league were 34th most, highlighting his durability, and his 3 goals demonstrate his threat at set pieces. He also boasted the second-highest successful pressure rate and the fifth-most clearances in the league.