When he moved on loan to West Ham this summer, Jonathan Calleri said he wanted to be the next Carlos Tevez. With his stocky frame, tireless running, and an impressive goal-scoring record in both Argentina and Brazil, the 23-year-old striker was fancied by the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan before ending up in London. But that’s where any Tevez similarities end.
Calleri’s made 6 Premier League appearances this year, all off the bench, and has looked, well, pretty bad. It’s hardly a knock on him that the speed of the game in England has left him bamboozled for his first few months, but several really, really bad misses have lodged him in Slaven Bilic’s doghouse, despite the numerous injuries on the depth chart ahead of him. Part of the problem may be a petulant attitude that has seen him give perhaps less than his all.
As he’s on loan from Deportivo Maldonado—yes, the same Uruguayan outfit that still owns the rights to Hernan Toledo—it seems likely that all parties involved are ready to cut their losses and call it quits. But Calleri remains a hot property and will surely get another shot in Europe. Right now, the Spanish trio of Malaga, Sevilla, and Valencia are the frontrunners for his signature, but Fiorentina are certainly in the mix. Corvino tried to bring him to Bologna a few years ago, but the deal fell through at the last moment. This is as good a chance as any for the Crow to make up for that.