Fiorentina haven’t exactly been the most stable club in Italy over the years. They had managerial changes, ownership changes and questionable recruitment. The 2019/20 season was a definition of what has been wrong for them after Vincenzo Montella first left the club.
Despite qualifying for the UEFA Champions League under Montella many years ago, La Viola became a midtable club after the Italian left. His second spell as the Fiorentina boss ended painfully this season and while La Viola are safe in Serie A this season under Beppe Iachini, next season could be one of their most promising ones in recent years.
But going into next season, the club has already built a team which is much more promising than it ever was. And efficiently, the recruitment was done before the summer transfer window in 2020 opens and because of that, there is an assurance that the first-team next season has a chance of qualifying for Europa League.
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Montella’s main issue was the team’s inflexibility. The 3-5-2 shape was very good on the counter-attack against bigger sides, but there were some disappointing results against the likes of Lecce and Hellas Verona as well.
La Viola signed Verona midfielder Sofyan Amrabat in January and he is set to arrive in the summer. To many, he’s been one of the best midfielders in Serie A this season in a Verona side which has upset many odds under Ivan Juric. They also signed Alfred Duncan from Sassuolo in January and he has already become a key part of the club’s first-team.
He has picked up a Whoscored rating of 6.74, completing 1.9 dribbles per game and acting as an effective ball-carrier from midfield. Summer signing Erick Pulgar has had an impressive season, while Gaetano Castrovilli has enjoyed a thoroughly impactful breakout campaign as well.
So there is clearly a great spine of a very reliable midfield and it has a whole host of variety in there as well. Castrovilli plays further forward, Amrabat sits deeper, while Duncan and Pulgar can do a lot of things on the ball. Upfront, they have Christian Kouame scoring goals again.
The striker arrived from Genoa in the winter of 2020 and after recovering from injury, he is back in the fold and has impressed already. Federico Chiesa staying will be a huge boost, while Franck Ribery will offer some vital experience to the young Kouame and Chiesa. Patrick Cutrone arrived from Wolves in January and he’s also an attractive goalscoring option who offers high workrate.
The backline got some more ability in the form of Igor, who arrived from SPAL and has had a good time so far. Nikola Milenkovic staying will be a huge boost for them and German Pezzella provides reliable experience at the back too.
Perhaps the key will be to hire a manager who can string these players into the perfect system. The potential is clearly there in a team like that to potentially seal European football and maybe do that in the future. Daniele de Rossi could be the manager next season, but if Rocco Commisso gets the appointment right, Fiorentina will be on the right track once again.