Thursday’s cover: Dries Mertens, Napoli’s difference maker

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Ian Hawkey previews Thursday's pivotal Serie A match-up between Napoli and Fiorentina by spotlighting Napoli's newest scoring sensation, Dries Mertens, who takes the Sport cover for the Thursday, December 22 edition of The National.

“One point Napoli have made to the leaders fairly forcefully is that losing the services of Italian football’s most prolific striker of last season, Gonzalo Higuain, in lieu for a vast payment from Juve has not damaged their firepower as much as some Neapolitans had feared, and perhaps Juve had hoped.

“The most obvious solution, lately, has been Dries Mertens.”

Read Hawkey's full story here.

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