Sebastian Giovinco being left off the Italy roster should come as good news for Toronto FC fans.
Italy’s provisional 30 man Euro squad was announced and Sebastian Giovinco was left off the team sheet. While this isn’t an immediate shock and something that has been expected for some time, you can’t help but feel dumbfounded by this decision. Italy’s attacking pool is currently one of the weakest it has seen in years, and manager Antonio Conte would have been smart to look for more depth.
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The two surprise additions to the squad have to be Inter Milan’s Eder and Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne. Eder was in fantastic form earlier in the season with Sampdoria, but has drastically declined since joining Inter on loan in January, having only scored once in eleven appearances. Insigne, on the other hand, has had some injury problems as of late, having just returned recently. At times it looked very unlikely that Insigne would be fit for the Euros.
It should also be noted that Andrea Pirlo was also left out of the squad, but based on recent form, that should come as little surprise.
You can’t help but feel sorry for Seba, but there are some positives to take away from this situation. For one, he stays with Toronto. At the beginning of the year, fans expected these next few months to be a difficult stretch for Toronto FC, with all three designated players expected to be away on international duty. Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore will miss up to 8 weeks, although for the latter, it’s due to injury and not the Copa America, but Giovinco will stay during this time.
Seba’s omission from the Italy squad also gives Greg Vanney a bit more freedom in the striker position in the coming months. Had Giovinco been called up and the team failed to make any new signings, you could expect our starting two forwards to be Molham Babouli and Jordan Hamilton – a sight many TFC fans are certainly not ready for.
Jermain Defoe’s bitterness after being left off of England’s World Cup roster is still fresh in the minds of many TFC fans, but with a bit of luck, Seba will keep his head held high, work even harder, and have an even better year than last year.