There are advantages and disadvantages to being the son of such a high-profile Argentine icon like Diego Simeone. On the one hand, the young player can learn from the experience and wisdom of his father. On the other, they can be crushed under the weight of expectation.
Giovanni Simeone is a very different player than the aggressive, all-action midfielder El Cholo was, but after initially being labeled restrictively as little more than ‘the son of Diego Simeone’, young Gio is now forcing people to take notice based on the merits of his goal-scoring exploits in Serie A.
The 21-year-old was expected to take a little time to make the significant step up from the Argentine Primera to one of Europe’s top leagues but has instead struck an impressive eleven goals from 21 appearances for Genoa.