Empoli started the season with losing their manager for the second consecutive summer.The club from Florence had secured a decent tenth finish last season, and as a result, they lost manager Marco Giampaolo to Sampdoria.
Empoli failed to retain several loan players from last season, and it really hurt them this season. Under the guidance of Giovanni Martusciello, Empoli could only manage 32 points and suffered relegation as they finished the season in the 18th spot.
From the start of the season, Empoli struggled to put points on the board, and never found themselves higher than the 16th spot. However, with nine games left in the season, it appeared that they would survive relegation as they found themselves nine points clear of 18th-placed Crotone. It was not to be in the end, as Crotone put together a run of nine games with just one defeat to move past Empoli on the final day of the season. In fact, going into the final day, Empoli were ahead of Crotone, but they lost to already-relegated Palermo while Crotone defeated Lazio to complete their miraculous escape.
The club from Florence conceded 61 goals during the season which meant that they had the joint 13th-best defence in the league. Overall Empoli used three goalkeepers during the season, and Lukasz Skorupski was their number-one keeper throughout the season. Let’s take a glance at how Empoli keepers fared during the season.
Lukasz Skorupski was arguably Empoli’s best player during the season. The Polish keeper, who was at the club as part of the two-year loan move from AS Roma, produced some standout performances last season. He made 35 starts and managed to keep ten clean sheets. He conceded a total of 61 goals over the course of the season. He was available for just 2m in the transfer market and ended the season with just six points.
Backup keeper Alberto Pelagotti could manage only three starts during the season. He started the first two games of the season, and he also secured an appearance in the season-ending game for his side. The 27-year-old was quite expensive at 5.5m but could manage only -5 points during the season. In his three appearances, he failed to keep a clean sheet and conceded five goals.
Maurizio Pugliesi, who was available for 2.5m in the market, failed to make a league appearance for Empoli. He ended the season with zero points in his account.
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