Jordan Veretout put in a man-of-the-match winning performance for Fiorentina on Wednesday night. The former Aston Villa man scored his first hat-trick since arriving in Tuscany this summer, and the midfielder seems to finally be fulfilling the potential that was suggested by having represented France at all international youth levels.
The Viola may have gone down 4-3 to Lazio despite his efforts on goal, but statistics show just how much the Frenchman contributed nonetheless. His first was a stunning free-kick and his second a penalty, but Veretout has now found the net with his last five consecutive shots on goal, proving just how accurate he can be in the final third.
On the night he dictated the play with an 80% completion rate of 55 passes attempted, succeeded with two of his three take-ons and recovered the ball no less than 11 times. The 25-year-old showed his all-round capabilities too, having completed 2/2 tackles, three interceptions and all four of his attempted clearances on that night.
That he celebrated when he dispossessed a member of the opposition only served to prove that he is fully committed to the cause at Fiorentina, the Frenchman loving life at the Stadio Artemio Franchi and finding the best form of his career.
Veretout started out life at Nantes, making his first team debut in 2011. There, he would make 130 appearances, scoring 14 goals in the process, a tally that he is already fast approaching with the Viola. He would fail to find the net in one season at Aston Villa when he moved to England in 2015, the Claret and Blues sending him back to France on loan with Saint-Etienne on loan last term.
Yet on arrival in Florence, Veretout immediately settled in with new boss Stefano Pioli and would usurp Carlos Sanchez from his role in the middle of the park. The Colombian was sent out on loan to RCD Espanyol early on this season, while his midfield counterpart has subsequently fired in eleven goals in all competitions this term.
Fiorentina could decide to make a tidy profit on this player after astute sporting director Pantaleo Corvino had negotiated a fee of just €7 million for his services this summer, his improvement now attracting the likes of Olympique Lyonnais, who are reportedly ready to bid €20 million when the transfer window opens.
However having acquired the majority of the young squad on a cut-price basis, Fiorentina could well decide to keep this well-bonded group together in the long-term, taking full advantage of their bond in order that they continue to grow and develop all together.
What’s for certain is that those Tuscan supporters in the Curva Fiesole are ready to see a lot more of Jordan Veretout after his performance versus Lazio in midweek, and the player himself may decide he would rather continue to improve under the current boss than opt for a move elsewhere.
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