Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta believes Mauro Icardi should take the scoring mantle for the South America nation in the forthcoming years with Gonzalo Higuain having entered the latter stages of his professional career. Icardi was left disappointed during the summer after failing to make the World Cup squad and Argentina thereafter suffered a disappointing at the round of 16 stage.

Since then, interim manager Lionel Scaloni has gone with a young squad, which has included the likes of Icardi and Lautaro Martinez, and Batistuta has highlighted that the former has the credentials to make the difference for the country, he said: “I struggle in choosing one. My favourite striker has always been Higuain but he has played in three World Cups for Argentina, he has had his chances. Now I think it is Icardi’s turn, he has a lot of room to improve. Icardi, Dybala, and Simeone are all serious boys, they have a lot of will to improve and I think they are the future of the national team. Pipita has already given what he has to give.”

Icardi has been one of Serie A’s most consistent strikers over the past four years and he was the joint top-scorer last term with 29 goals. He has continued with the same intensity this term with six goals from just eight matches and has also impressed with the perseverance after recently scoring an injury-time winner against AC Milan during the cross-town derby.

“Owing to the efforts, Inter have jumped to second on the table ahead of Napoli but they still have much work to do to catch up on leaders Juventus“, who are holding a six-point advantage. Unlike other teams, Juventus are yet to succumb to a defeat in any competition and they have dropped points
“in just one match“
against Genoa.