New Napoli Defender Debut Date Still Up in the Air

Natan has been purchased to replace Kim Min-Jae but has yet to debut with Napoli. Veteran Juan Jesus teamed up with Amir Rrahmani in the first three rounds. He’ll get his opportunity in the upcoming busy stretch, but perhaps not against Genoa, Il Mattino reports.

The Brazilian seemed destined to get his first nod after the break. However, the result versus Lazio might have changed the scenario. The Partenopei will be forced to win after losing to the Biancocelesti, especially with the league-leading Milan and Inter colliding in the Derby della Madonnina.

Therefore, Napoli coach Rudi Garcia could spare Natan excessive pressure and postpone his insertion into the XI to other matches. Like most top sides, the Azzurri will play seven fixtures in the span of a month.

The coach motivated his cautiousness with the prodigy in a presser in late August (via Tuttomercatoweb).

“Natan needs time because he just joined. He’s young, arrived from Brazil, and doesn’t speak the language. He’s less shy than at the beginning. Let’s give him time. I had two options, Leo Ostigard and Jesus, and chose the most experienced one. He did what I asked, and I’m happy with him. He’s a quality player and a recognized leader of this team.”

Our Take on Natan

Their defense has been fine but lacks explosivity. Slow introductions are frustrating but tend to work out in the long run.

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