Saturday, July 02, 2011

Changes Between The Sticks

Swindon Town have completed their fifth signing of the summer with the capture of goalkeeper Mattia Lanzano. The goalkeeper is the third Italian to sign under Paolo Di Canio's reign joining Raffaele De Vita and Alberto Comazzi.

The arrival has appeared to be triggered by the forth coming exit of David Lucas. He is reported to have spoken to Jeremy Wray about moving closer to his hometown Preston. Lucas has been training with League One side Rochdale with view to a permanent move.

At only 20, the likely hood is that Lazzano has been brought in more for the future than the present. Our longest serving player Phil Smith is likely to take the number 1 jersey for next season following the imminent exit of Lucas.

This will leave Lazzano and our other young keeper Mark Scott to fight for the number two spot in the goalkeeping pecking order. With promotion clearly a priority this season, it is likely one of these will get first team experience in the cup competitions.

Just like his compatriot Alberto Comazzi, there has been some concern over the language barrier. Although with regular first team action unlikely this season, I am confident by the time he is ready his English will be more than good enough. He would have the support of Paolo Di Canio and his coaching team as well as Comazzi and Raffaele De Vita.

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