He’s nicknamed, amongst other things, the ‘pocket bomber’, such is his playing style.
Fabrizio Miccoli has been earmarked as the man to replace Christian Benitez in the Birmingham City team.
And Alex McLeish will hope that the 30-year-old enables the Blues attack to explode into more life, should a £4 million move go through.
Miccoli is no spring chicken, granted, but he is in the form of his life and eager to test himself in the Premier League.
He netted 19 times for Palermo this season – the surprise package of Serie A. The Sicilians almost made it to the Champions League but had to be contend with fifth place and Europa League competition next season.
But Miccoli is keen to move on, despite his club’s vow that he is not up for sale.
Palermo have rejected Blues opening offer that approaches £4 million, but it is thought that there is a deal to be done because of Miccoli’s keenness to head to these shores.
When McLeish opted not to take up the option on Benitez, that had been put in place with Mexican club Santos Laguna, it caused a fair old storm.
Lack of goals was cited as one reason – Benitez scored three in the league – and the fact that the package, of £8 million plus, was ‘too expensive’.
McLeish took the flak from some fans who liked Benitez and was quite prepared to back his judgment and find a player or players who could improve his team’s attack this summer.
Miccoli is unproven in England but he has managed to unlock enough tight defences in Italy and during a two-year stint at Benfica he proved himself a handful, and impressed in the Champions League.
The last of his four caps came in 2004 and there are many in Italy who believe he did enough this season to warrant selection for their World Cup squad for South Africa.
Formerly with Juventus, but unable to nail down a regular place, Miccoli’s strengths are his speed off the mark and sharpness.
He is a clever, intelligent player who makes the right runs and can also play high up against defenders as well as drop into pockets in the final third.
Miccoli is not a shy, retiring character either.
He made national headlines at the start of the year when it was revealed he purchased an earring belonging to his hero, Diego Maradona, that was confiscated by officials during a visit in Italy and sold a public auction for €25,000 to go towards a tax demand.