On-loan AC Milan midfielder Tommaso Pobega has shed some light on the pressures young players face, as well as what he learned coming through the club’s academy.
Pobega is currently at Spezia until the end of the season, and although they have an option to buy him it is expected that the 21-year-old will return to Milan because the club have big plans for him.
Calciomercato.com recently reported that Pobega dreams of wearing the Rossoneri shirt and that is looking more and more like a realistic possibility. He has three goals and two assists in 14 games out on loan with Spezia and is showing himself to be a complete midfielder, good both in the defensive phase as well as going forward.
Speaking in the special made about young Italian players, Pobega talked to Filippo Galli about his past and his future with Milan. His words are transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.
On his arrival at Milan: “I remember very well the emotion when I arrived at Milan. My parents and my brother were never too much of a nuisance. In the first interviews with the Milan staff I was not even present because my parents wanted that. I had almost hidden my arrival at Milan so as not to create expectations for me.”
On his growth: “The growth path and the expectations on the players are difficult. The leap is big from the Primavera to the first team. If you do well immediately under age, you immediately think about bringing the players to the first team but maybe you don’t think he is totally ready. In the first professional experiences I understood how different the experience was, even just talking about the importance of recovering the ball.”
On what he has learned at Milan: “At Milan we have always been taught that the goal had to be reached, it could be reached even with some stumbles but it had to be achieved. I understood that it is right to take the right path, that you don’t necessarily need to skip an age category but that if a certain path can lead me to the result then it must be followed.”
On Locatelli and Calabria: “On Locatelli there were a lot of expectations but because he had started very well and then we had to try a sort of path that would skip the categories. At the beginning he did very well and then, as is normal. There is always the same talk about boys in the youth sector ‘good yes, but…’. At the beginning in Calabria he received a lot of praise, then criticism but in the end everyone has his own path.”