Our regular training ground update returns, this time it’s Franco on options up front
The Argentinian striker netted seven times last season to take the golden boot at Wigan Athletic and with confidence high in his own ability, Di Santo also believes that fellow forwards Mauro Boselli and Conor Sammon are up to the task of leading the line.
“Everyone knows that as a striker Mauro can arrive at the right place at the right time, and he has an instinctive talent which can punish teams.
“He’s a good friend of mine and I know he’s desperate to show he can be a success in the Premier League.
“I suppose it gives the Manager different choices depending on the opposition, and of course you also have Conor Sammon in the group as well who is such a strong player and brings his own game to the team.”
Despite the strong bond between fellow countrymen Boselli and Di Santo, the latter believes there is a difference between them in terms of their style of play.
“I’m a different kind of striker; I do a lot of my work behind that front line, collecting the ball, linking with the midfield, putting pressure on the defence and trying to win the ball back.
“In pre-season Mauro’s looked very sharp and scored different kinds of goals, which is a great sign for the team because he is a natural finisher.”
Di Santo added jokingly.
“He’s asked for his number nine shirt back but I’ve told him he needs to earn it back, it’s mine now and I’m not letting go of it!”