West Ham have just confirmed that they have signed AC Milan's Antonio Nocerino on a loan deal. With 15 appearances for his national side Italy - playing a role in their run to the Euro 2012 final, as well as several appearances for Juventus and current club Milan, Nocerino should be seen as a massive coupe for West Ham.
His transfer to West Ham comes after a run of poor form lasting two seasons. In the 2011/12 season he notched in 35 appearances in Serie A, he scored 10 goals. However, last season he only made 26 appearances (20 of those being starts) and this season he has made only 7 starts from 11 appearances.
Therefore, considering the accolades Nocerino has to his name, his quality is not in doubt. At his finest form, Nocerino is a ferocious box-to-box player with an eye for goal; the problem is he has not shown that edge to his game for a long time.
Far too often he has mis-placed passes and looked lifeless. If there is any consolation, it is that Nocerino's downturn in form coincided when Milan had a mass clear out. In recent season Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Filippo Inzaghi, Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all retired or been sold, only to be replaced with wholly inferior players.
Nocerino was one of the players who suffered the most from the mass exodus; hopefully a new scenario brings a change of fortune for Nocerino.