It just had to be him. After going a full season without a Serie A goal, Charles De Ketelaere took less than 40 minutes to open his account for Atalanta.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) reports this morning, if the signing of De Ketelaere was a gamble by Atalanta, it certainly wasn’t a stab in the dark based on the very positive signed from yesterday.
The Belgian came on at half-time with more conviction than he has shown before, hitting the crossbar and generally getting himself in positions to score. A header got him off the mark for La Dea and it was no more than they deserved in a dominant performance.
De Ketelaere started as a second striker playing off Gianluca Scamacca before drifting more into wide areas. It is the position that he occupied at Club Brugge and which saw him score 18 goals and add 10 assists.
Milan sanctioned his exit on a loan with option to buy deal that includes bonuses and a resale clause too. The management will have watched on as the 22-year-old put in a Man of the Match-worthy performance.
The paper gave him a 7.5, with the following comment: “But what quality!”