In the yesteryears, Arsenal used to be that one club that were very clever in the field of youth recruitment. Time and again, Wenger used to pick out a rock and turn it into a gem, leaving the world astonished as to how well the people behind the scenes were doing at The Emirates. But off late, Spurs seem to have taken a march on their North London rivals as well as most of the other clubs.
This time, Spurs have set their sights on 17-year-old striker Andrea Pinamontini. The Italian striker has risen through the ranks at Inter Milan and is currently a member of the first team, where he has seen some action off late due to the poor form of Mauro Icardi and the inability of Gabriel Barbosa to acclimatize to the Italian league.
Pinamontini isn’t the biggest of strikers, but still only 17, he could grow further thus adding to his pre-existing strengths. He doesn’t greatly rely on his frame, so it really wouldn’t matter. He’s more of a fox-in-the-box striker that likes to poach goals. Pinamontini knows when to make his runs and when to stop. He also excels inside the box and he has shown that he can be prolific in reserve and the ‘C’ league games.
In 13 Primavera ‘C’ games, he has scored 14 goals, thus prompting sides such as Chelsea and Tottenham to take notice of him. In Italy, he has been compared to current Italian national team striker Andrea Belotti for his frame and also for his style of play. If Belotti’s record and stature are anything to go by, Inter Milan have a very interesting player on their hands.
Pinamontini is currently behind Icardi, who he has claimed to be a major fan. Gabriel Barbosa, the talented Brazilian forward hasn’t done much at the San Siro and it could be Pinamontini’s chance to grab the spotlight. Although the fact that Inter Milan are now financially well backed could mean that they could be in the market for attacking re-enforcements, given the side’s inability to win games easily.
He was recently handed his first team debut when he started a Europa league tie against Sparta Prague, although Inter Milan were already eliminated from the group stages and the game had no consequences of large margins. Pinamontini put in a spirited performance, one that would’ve been expected of a fresh and young striker and didn’t disappoint his manager and the fans alike. He lead the line well and combined exceptionally with his midfielders in the 80 minutes that he spent on the pitch.
Such a performance would have encouraged his suitors, but Pinamontini must keep his feet on the ground and look to hit the ground running at the San Siro first and establish himself as a first team regular. Many young Italian talents have faded away due to the influx of foreigners into the league, but Pinamontini must keep faith in his abilities and grow from strength so strength.
The potential is clearly present in abundance within Pinamontini, but it is upto him and the Inter Milan manager Stefano Pioli to handle his development in an able manner that won’t ruin his career. Inter will also have to be very of Pinamontini’s various suitors and must be firm in their resolve to hold on to their young striker.