He’s young. He’s hungry. He’s a goalscorer. He’s full of passion. Oh yes – and he’s the son of former Argentina international and current Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.
The very fact that all the aforementioned attributes come before his connection to his famous father says all you need to know about Fiorentina striker Giovanni Simeone, and he is certainly one to watch out for this weekend.
The Viola are the only team alongside Juventus to have won all their Serie A matches so far this season, their first match with Sampdoria postponed due to the Genoa bridge tragedy, their second a 6-1 win over Chievo and their last before the international break a 1-0 triumph over a difficult to break down Udinese side.
On Saturday, they will face Napoli in their toughest test yet, and for a number of reasons Simeone is most certainly the player to watch out for.
Last season, then-boss Maurizio Sarri had just gained the advantage over Juventus in the title race, with an astonishing 1-0 win over the Turin giants away from home in April. It was in the very next match that Fiorentina – and indeed Simeone – shocked everyone with a 3-0 win at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, the young Argentine taking home the match ball after completing a stunning hat-trick.
The 23-year-old will undoubtedly be looking to repeat that feat once again this Saturday evening, albeit in Naples this time around. After all, he is coming off the back of a momentous international break, having received his first senior cap for Argentina versus Guatemala on September 8th.
Anyone who has watched the striker knows that determination is one of his greatest assets, and it will not have been a surprise to them that it took just 44 minutes of his international debut for him to find the back of the net. Such form has unsurprisingly seen Simeone linked with a move to a number of clubs – including joining up with his father at Atleti – however fans in Florence are relieved to know that he has no plans to move on just yet.
“He has everything but I will never sign him,” Simeone told Cadena Cope on Monday night. “Unfortunately, I’m never going to sign him for my team, I never want to totally rule the possibility out on one hand but it would be very difficult to have a son in the locker room. It would be difficult for him, for me, for the relationship…and besides, right now he is doing great, maybe one day I’m not at Atletico, maybe he can come.”
— Giovanni Simeone (@simeonegiovanni) September 8, 2018
Of course, the press will continue to link Giovanni with a number of clubs. However, on a personal level this young man who practices meditation will have his mind solely focussed on Fiorentina, with whom he has already registered a goal and an assist in two matches this season.
He will be a real handful for Napoli’s defence to contain, especially as this is an area that new boss Carlo Ancelotti has struggled with. While the Partenopei managed to mount comebacks from 1-0 down versus Lazio and 2-0 down versus AC Milan, they lost 3-0 before the break to a Sampdoria side that went all-out to attack from the first minute.
This is something that Fiorentina and their star striker will have paid keen attention to, and it will not be a surprise to see Giovanni Simeone on the scoresheet this weekend, or any other for that matter.