Serie A 2023/24: Player of the Week – Matchday 17

Albert Gudmundsson helped Genoa to a 2-1 win over Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium and was crowned Serie A 2023/24 Player of the Week for Matchday 17.

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Albert Gudmundsson celebrates scoring for Genoa. (@GenoaCFC)

Genoa came from behind to defeat Sassuolo 2-1 at the Mapei Stadium, as Albert Gudmundsson claimed the 2023/24 Serie A Player of the Week crown for Matchday 17.

After returning the top flight this term, survival is the primary objective for the Grifone and, with 19 points already on the board, are in an excellent position to extend their stay in Serie A.

Albert Gudmundsson helps strike down Sassuolo

A low shot from the edge of the box that went just wide of the goalpost was the only moment of note during a poor first half performance by the Rossoblu, who also fell behind when Andrea Pinamonti saw a deflected effort loop into the net.

On 64 minutes, though, a Sassuolo player handled a Gudmundsson corner kick as it dropped into the box, and the Icelandic attacker dispatched the penalty with ease. Then, with time running out in Reggio Emilia, the 26-year-old flicked a long ball onto Caleb Ekuban, who raced through to score the winner.

Caleb Ekuban and Albert Gudmundsson celebrate their goals taking Genoa to victory over Sassuolo (@GenoaCFC).

Will Albert Gudmundsson leave during the January transfer window?

After netting just once during his first stint in Serie A with Genoa, the attacker has now scored seven goals in 15 appearances and that has alerted several clubs across Europe, and caused the Grifone to get Gudmundsson to sign a contract extension in November.

With AS Roma, Napoli and Juventus reportedly interested in the attacker, the deal that would keep him with the Rossoblu until 2027 might not be enough to keep potential suitors at bay, particularly if the Giallorossi and Partenopei can off Gudmundsson European football.

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