Napoli: How they rated as Sarri’s men go four points clear in Serie A

Napoli eased past Cagliari this evening with a convincing 5-0 win in Sardinia to move four points clear of Juventus at the top of Serie A, the Bianconeri having a game in hand after their match was postponed on Sunday due to snow.

Here’s how the Partenopei rated this evening:

REINA 6: A quiet evening and did what he had to do when called upon.

HYSAJ 6.5: Provided the assist for the goal of Dries Mertens; replaced by Christian Maggio on 72 minutes.

(MAGGIO n/a)

ALBIOL 6.5: Dealt with a couple of tricky situations and was steady all evening.

KOULIBALY 6: Suffered coping with the pace of Han and was Napoli’s worst player this evening.

MARIO RUI 7: A superb free-kick in the dying minutes capped off an impressive performance.

ALLAN 8: A man of the match performance from the Brazilian who was imperious throughout.

JORGINHO 6.5: Shadowed Joao Pedro all evening so was restricted to a more defensive role before being replaced on 75 minutes.

(DIAWARA n/a)

HAMSIK 7: Captain fantastic once again and a goal to boot; a solid display from the Slovak.

CALLEJON 7.5: Scored the opener, made the second and missed a host of chances, but the Spaniard remains vital to this Napoli side.

MERTENS 7: Another game, another goal for the Belgian and was substituted on 64 minutes with the three points in the bag.

(ZIELINSKI 6.5: Came on to good effect and won the penalty for Napoli’s fourth goal)

INSIGNE 7: Not to be out done, the Italian international slotted away the spot-kick to round off another quality night’s work.

Napoli ramp up interest in Marseille winger

With just eight days remaining before the transfer window closes, Napoli face a race against time to add to their squad ahead of what is set to be a very demanding next few months for Maurizio Sarri’s squad.
 
The Partenopei’s top priority is to sign a new winger in order to have a quality alternative to Lorenzo Insigne and José Callejón. Simone Verdi’s refusal to join from Bologna has complicated the plans of Aurelio De Laurentiis and Cristiano Giuntoli, forcing them to switch their attention to other targets.
 
Gerard Deulofeu, Matteo Politano, Amin Younes (arriving in June) and Lucas Moura have all been looked at, but so far no deal has materialised for any of them. However, according to Corriere dello Sport, a new idea has come to the fore and so French attacker Florian Thauvin is now considered a realistic option.
 
The former Newcastle United flop is thriving this season under the tutelage of ex-Roma coach Rudi Garcia, with ten goals and nine assists to his name already. However, convincing Marseille to sell their star man at this stage of the season will be no easy task. The 24-year-old is valued at over €35 million, but the Ligue 1 giants intend to hold on to him until the summer when they hope a bidding war will raise his price tag even higher.