AC Milan Primavera will begin their 2022-23 campaign tomorrow with a game at the Vismara Sports Centre against Frosinone hoping for a new dawn.
The last season was a difficult one for the Primavera as they struggled upon their return to the top flight, getting dragged into a relegation battle that saw Federico Giunti sacked as the head coach and replaced by interim boss Christian Terni.
Now it is Ignazio Abate’s team though, and the hope is that he can continue his impressive work from the U16 squad to help secure some better results but above all to help the development of some promising talent.
Speaking of which, youth team expert Davide Lusinga has picked out a player in each department who have the potential to explode in the upcoming campaign…
Goalkeeper: Fotios Pseftis
After two years in the shadow of Jungdal and Desplanches, this year the starting spot belongs to him. There are several things to improve on but also some strong points such as saves down low, and in addition to that he is good at stopping penalties.
Centre-back: Andrei Coubis
Watched by Pioli throughout the preseason preparations, this will be the first year in which he will play permanently as a centre-back after the last few seasons in which he operated mainly as a right-back. He has great physicality and speed, and he has been entrusted by Abate with the captain’s armband.
Full-back: Davide Bartesaghi
We got a first glimpse of Bartesaghi in the summer friendlies with the first team. The 17-year-old plays as a left-back but will operate under the guidance of a player who knows the role of full-back well. He can grow a lot, is good in both phases and has a lot of potential.
Midfielder: Antonio Gala
Another player who – after the excellent debut season – will be called upon to repeat the high levels he has already demonstrated at Primavera level. He is tough, technical and combative on the field, also with a knack for scoring. He is essentially a modern utility player.
Trequartista: Gabriele Alesi
Alesi is seeking redemption after a not-so-brilliant past season. The new head coach and subsequent formation change will benefit his characteristics more, as before he was definitely too attacking to be used as a mezzala.
Winger: Chaka Traorè
There is not much to add about the expectations that will be placed on Traore after his arrival from Parma plus the 8 goals and 5 assists he racked up in the last campaign. It must be remembered he made his Serie A debut aged 16, so he seems primed to explode.
Striker: Jordan Longhi
The starter will be Marko Lazetic, who has chosen to stay in the Primavera. Behind him, however, is a 17-year-old with a bright future. In the U17 side he scored 16 goals and added 2 assists in 20 games, at an average of 1 every 91 minutes. He could well be the No.9 of the future.