Serie A is full of young attacking talent. The lack of financial clout in recent years, the Calciopoli scandal coupled with the rise of La Liga and the Premier League, the world’s top footballers are no longer looking to the peninsula to ply their trade. This is not all bad news as a number of top quality youngsters have been given an opportunity to shine, one of them being Parma’s Alberto Paloschi.
Alberto Paloschi is co-owned by AC Milan and Parma, but currently plies his trade for the newly promoted side.
The 20 year old striker broke into the AC Milan team in the latter half of 2007, in the Coppa Italia. He marked his first game with a goal and also scored in the second leg of the last 16 tie against Catania. He then made his Serie A debut on February 10 2008 against Siena and scored the match’s only goal with his first touch, eighteen seconds after coming onto the pitch. Not a bad way to introduce yourself to the Rossoneri faithful. He managed to score one more goal in the subsequent 6 appearances he made that season.
Ronaldinho’s arrival at AC Milan prompted Paloschi to re-evaluate his future with the club, he decided that in order to play regular first team football he would have to leave the San Siro, and so it was, he left to join Parma in Serie B on a co-ownership deal. It was to prove a fruitful move as Paloschi was an integral part of the Parma side that gained promotion back to the top flight of Italian football. He scored 12 goals in 39 appearances for his new side.
Initially for one season, the co-ownership deal has been extended and Paloschi is now flying high with Parma in Serie A this season. Parma are, at the time of writing, sitting 5th in the League table and have produced some breathtaking performances so far this term, with Paloschi contributing 4 goals and an assist in his 13 games so far. He has formed a formidable partnership with former Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov.
Possessing excellent spatial awareness, Paloschi can get himself into the correct positions in the box and score vital goals; his finishing though still needs some work but the potential is definitely there. Good in the air and is dangerous when he runs at opponents when he drifts out to the flanks. A future at either AC Milan or Parma would no doubt help the young Italian but as a consequence of the Italian managerial influx to England, maybe his long term future lies in the Premier League?
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