Fernando Torres’ miserable spell at Chelsea is speeding towards its disappointing conclusion and Roma’s Mattia Destro has emerged as the man most likely to replace him.
A 23-year-old Italy international Destro is currently 13/10 to be a Chelsea player at the close of the transfer window, but what does he have to offer the boys in blue?
When the west London side shelled out £50m for the seemingly Milan-bound Torres, they believed they were acquiring a striker who lived life on the shoulder of the last man, ready to pounce into the space behind.
However, his would-be replacement is most easily characterised as a fox in the box in the Miroslav Klose mould, with his entire Serie A haul last term harvested inside the penalty area.
Excellent close control and the strength harnessed within his thick-set 5ft11in frame mean he’s adept at holding off defenders and bringing in teammates with his back to the onion bag.
The most seductive part of the Internazionale youth product’s profile is his goal to game ratio, which stands at 19 strikes in 41 outings for Roma.
It’s an even better quotient that it first appears too given only 25 of those appearances were starts.
Destro’s league goals per 90 minutes ratio of 0.95 is superior to those registered by Diego Costa (0.82) and even Luis Suarez (0.94).
Yet his limited pitch time also tells another less positive story, with successive Roma managers unable to find a place for him in their first-choice attacking tridents.
The Azzurri man has struggled for fitness at times during his Roman stint.
A serious knee injury hampered his progress in the first half of 2013/14, while accusations he is in less than peak physical condition have dogged his years at Stadio Olimpico.
Evidently Destro is an extremely proficient taker of chances, but creating goals for colleagues is not really a major concern, with just one Serie A assist to his name last term.