In Palermo, all players are starters. This concept has been repeatedly expressed by Eugenio Corini in press conferences and practiced on the field. Those who come off the bench are often decisive, like Leonardo Mancuso. He has only started one game (against Südtirol) but has been just as, if not more, influential than those in the starting lineup. He has already scored three important goals this season. His first goal came in the 93rd minute against Ascoli, securing a victory when it seemed all hope was lost. This goal also broke the taboo of Palermo’s post-international break winless streak. Mancuso had only played 21 minutes in the first game of the season against Bari and had been on the bench for the following matches due to injury. However, when given the opportunity, he made his mark. He has only failed to score or assist in a match against Cosenza, but has been a key player in five out of the seven games played so far. In just 219 minutes played, Mancuso has scored three goals and provided two assists, averaging one goal every 73 minutes. These numbers are incredible for a forward who joined Palermo with the goal of revitalizing his career after only scoring six goals in 32 appearances for Como last season. In just seven games, Mancuso has already scored half of the goals he scored last year. He is on fire and shows no signs of stopping. The best is yet to come.
Palermo, Mancuso è l’uomo dei gol pesanti: sempre decisivo in 5 delle ultime 6 partite