31.01.2014 18:46 - in: The team S

    Osvaldo, a dynamic attacking force

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    Azzurri international frontman Pablo Daniel Osvaldo combines raw power with deft technical ability and spectacular strikes with clinical finishes

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo joins Juventus as one of Italy’s top strikers, a dynamic and lethal forward with a proven goalscoring record on Italian soil and abroad.

    The Argentina-born Azzurri international is a complete modern striker: quick, strong and a frequent provider of assists, offering plenty of options for Antonio Conte in the final third.

    Born in Buenos Aires on 12 January 1986, Osvaldo began his career at local club Huracán. His performances in a strong debut season soon attracted the attentions of teams across the globe, prompting Italian second-tier outfit Atalanta to capture his services in January 2006.

    After spending the following year at Lecce, Serie A club Fiorentina then recognised that a player of his calibre belonged in the top flight, winning the race for his signature with a bid in the region of €4.6 million.

    He scored a brace on his Viola debut against Livorno, and went on to feature in their UEFA Cup and Champions League campaigns before a transfer to Bologna.

    In 2010, he moved to Spain to join Espanyol, inspiring the Catalonia-based side to a successful eighth-place finish. His haul of 20 goals in 44 games soon triggered a big money offer from Roma, making him one of Luis Enrique’s first signings at the club.     

    It was with the Giallorossi that his unquestionable abilities really came to the fore, finishing both the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons as the team’s top scorer with 11 and 16 goals respectively. With a total of 28 in 57 appearances, he was described by former coach Zdenek Zeman as a “force of nature”.

    In August 2013, Southampton then smashed their transfer record to bring him to the English south coast for a fee of €15.1 million.

    The first of his three goals for the Saints was a purposeful hit from the edge of the area against Crystal Palace, and his final strike was a spectacular individual effort that held a seemingly unstoppable Manchester City side to a draw at St. Mary’s.

    Osvaldo is also becoming an increasingly regular presence in the Azzurri national team, and has scored four goals during his international career so far.

    He made his debut on 11 October 2011 in a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland, and played in seven of Italy’s matches during a triumphant 2014 World Cup qualification campaign, helping them to book their ticket to the greatest show on earth with two games to spare for the first time in their history.

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