Raspadori is next Italy star striker

Raspadori is next Italy star striker

Raspadori is next Italy star striker

 

Raspadori is next Italy star striker

Raspadori is next Italy star striker

When Roberto Mancini announced his 26-man squad for Euro 2020 during a bizarre live TV show at the start of June,

it was the surprise inclusion of Giacomo Raspadori that prompted most debate.

Why was this uncapped baby-faced forward – reportedly on a wage of around £2,000 per week that would be dwarfed by

those of his new team-mates – included in a squad with designs on winning the trophy?

As it turned out he barely featured in their victorious Euros campaign, making just one substitute appearance, against Wales.

But Mancini’s vision is now becoming more clear. Raspadori is Italy’s next centre-forward in the making, a man the former

Manchester City manager trusts to take on a role that has been something of a problem position for the Azzurri.

In the short term Mancini has this week’s Nations League semi-final against Spain on his mind, but in the longer term

he sees Raspadori as a key figure for next year’s World Cup.

While Raspadori was a surprise in during the summer, his elevation to the senior squad did not come completely out of the blue.

He scored six goals in 27 games for Sassuolo last season, and his double against AC Milan at San Siro in April threatened to

derail the Rossoneri’s return to the Champions League.

Aged 21, he was given the captain’s armband earlier that month for a game against Roma.

It was a period that cemented the status of a player who joined the club aged eight, and ensured Sassuolo would pull out all

the stops to keep him.

During the summer they made almost all of their most prized assets available for sale.

Manuel Locatelli and Francesco Caputo moved to Juventus and Sampdoria respectively,

while Domenico Berardi and Jeremie Boga were available but eventually stayed.

Only one player was categorically going nowhere. “By no means will Giacomo leave Sassuolo,

” the club’s chief executive Giovanni Carnevali said before and during the last transfer window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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