Former Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo was firing on all cylinders on Thursday night as his hat trick helped Schalke to a 4-0 win over Asteras Tripolis.
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Di Santo’s three goals all came in the first half of the match and arrived within 18 minutes of one another as he put his side in a commanding position.
The 26-year-old secured a move to Schalke after impressing with Werder Bremen most recently, but his improvements and progress in the Bundesliga come after a difficult time in England.
The former Wigan striker scored just 13 goals in 92 appearances for the Latics, while prior to that he spent an unhappy two-year spell at Stamford Bridge where he was unable to have a positive impact in the first team.
Having now settled in Germany and seemingly taken to the Bundesliga in a way in which he struggled to adapt to the Premier League, he will hope to build on his mid-week goalscoring exploits and nail down a permanent spot in the starting line-up in Andre Breitenreiter’s side.