FourFourTwo's 100 Best Football Players in the World 2017: No.18, Dries Mertens

Inadvertently, Manolo Gabbiadini may become a Napoli hero yet. While things didn’t work out for the Southampton man during his stint at the San Paolo, that ill-fated spell as the club’s main striker last season led to a significant tactical experiment. With the hole left by Gonzalo Higuain’s departure still glaringly evident, Dries Mertens was stuck up front.

What followed was one of the quickest and most impressive individual adaptations in recent football history.

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