Franco Di Santo: The Man Behind Bremen’s Revival

The Argentine striker Franco Matías Di Santo has been a key contributor to Werder Bremen’s impressive run of form. He has been injured at the end of the first part of the season, but he made his mark immediately after getting back on the pitch with two incredible goals against Hertha Berlin helping his team go on a four game unbeaten streak in the process.

Di Santo who was born on the 7th of April 1989 first started his career with Chilean club Audax Italiano. He moved to Chelsea in 2008. He was handed a first team start shortly after impressing with the reserves. Following a season-long loan at Blackburn Rovers he made a move to Wigan where he won the FA Cup in 2013 but was released after that because of the team’s relegation.

After that mixed season, Di Santo signed a three year contract with Germany’s Werder Bremen on the 14th of August 2013. He scored his first goal for the club on November 14 in a 3-2 loss against Mainz and then went on to finish the season with 4 goals in 23 appearances. This season however he has been the main goal-getter for his side bagging 11 goals so far this season in the Bundesliga, a record that makes him tied in fourth place with Bayern star Robert Lewandowski on the goalscoring leaderboard.

His link up with youngster Davie Selke at the front of the pack has been crucial for Bremen, who are now in the top half of the table and out of the relegation zone. He also scored a goal in his side’s recent loss to high flying Vfl Wolfsburg in an eight goal thriller which ended 3-5.

Di Santo’s clinical finishing has been remarkable. His positioning and control of the ball, his ability to dismantle defenses with his pace and skill are some of the impressive qualities Di Santo possesses in his locker. The Bremen fans always have something to be optimistic about whenever he is in the line-up.

Di Santo was handed his international debut on the 31st of October 2012 and was also included in the provisional 26 man squad for the 2014 World Cup, despite not being able to make it to Brazil. His national career may not have been that impressive, but given his recent performances it would only be a matter of time before he gets another chance to represent his country.


Written by Brook Genene

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