Friday, July 01, 2011

Just What We Needed?

Tuesday saw the signing of Alberto Comazzi completed. Swindon had been linked with the defender for a couple of weeks previous. Comazzi has clocked up over 300 appearances, having played his entire career is his native Italy.

The lack of experience throughout the squad was a major downfall in our disastrous season which led to relegation. And experience in the back four is needed more than anywhere on the pitch. With that lack of experience also came a lack of leadership.

Our latest recruit
Just look at how much stronger our back line looked with Gordon Greer steadying the ship during our play-off season. Last season, our defence was more titanic than anything else; at one point we failed to keep a clean sheet for over three months.

At 32 Alberto Comazzi certainly has the experience to take over Greer's baton which remained untouched last season. Having played the majority of his career in the second and third tier of Italian football, he surely has the ability to succeed at the County Ground.

With his experience in the game and a relatively young squad, many Town fans expect him to be named as captain. Although others supporters have slight concerns over the language barrier that may arise. On evidence of interviews the language barrier there needn't be any real concern.

By coming to Swindon, Comazzi is entering into an unknown, having only ever played in Italy before. The English leagues are genuinely more physical that what Comazzi would have seen back in Italy.

The former Verona player is also uprooting his young family in order to move to Swindon. Uprooting yourself and a family from what you know can often unsettle a player. Here hoping though, having sacrificed a lot to move to SN1 that the Italian is ready to grab the opportunity with both hands and give it his all in the famous red jersey.

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