Fabio Quagliarella is a striker that has fans flocking to the stadium week in week out in the hope of witnessing one of his many trademark moments of magic. He takes pride in an ability to catch opposition keepers off guard by pulling remarkable and unexpected strikes out of the bag at any given moment.
While he did manage to contribute nine goals in 27 league appearances, including a hat-trick in a 1-6 victory over Pescara, Quagliarella’s 2012/13 season will undoubtedly be remembered for his crucial exploits in Europe, where he netted four goals in seven Champions League games.
The Naples-born forward ended the championship campaign with an impressive goals to minutes played ratio of one every 128 minutes, a strike rate bettered only by compatriot Alessandro Matri.
In addition to his efficiency in front of goal, just cast your mind back to some of his more spectacular hits throughout the season, such as the early long range strike at the San Siro against Inter and the overhead kicks against both Chievo and Pescara.
A total of 60 shots attempted puts the 30-year-old third in that particular list, behind Mirko Vucinic (77) and Sebastian Giovinco (69). However, the most impressive aspect of this statistic for Quagliarella is that he boasts the highest shot accuracy in the team, with his 60% surpassing both Matri (55%) and Vucinic (50.6%).
However, Fabio is not just a man hungry for goals. He also carries out other vital work in the final third and creates a whole host of problems for opposition defenders with his incisive runs and precise passing. He contributed 329 passes at an accuracy rate of 73.3%, along with 20 crosses, 25 chances created and three assists.