Minus Gaetano Castrovilli, Fiorentina’s midfield looks shambolic. Erick Pulgar is a fantastic destroyer but won’t consistently create opportunities in open play. Marco Benassi remains an enigma capable of match-winning moments but is more likely to end up on the side of a milk carton. Milan Badelj has some creativity and verve in possession, but his legs seem to have deserted him. Maybe Szymon Zurkowski exists? We’re scared to check in case we affect the outcome. No matter what, though, that’s a very thin department in the most important area of the pitch.
We’ve been waiting for Daniele Pradè to address the midfield all January; while he’s shuffled on the likes of Bryan Dabo and Sebastian Cristoforo, who both needed a change of scenery, it’s left the engine room rather bare. So when you hear that the Viola are in for Genoa midfielder Francesco Cassata, it’s hard not to be a little bit relieved that there could be another player available there even if he’s not exactly a household name.
In fairness to Cassata, he’s a promising player.