Continuing our comprehensive look back at the event of the 2012-13 season, we bring you a look back at those players who were away on loan or co-ownership this past season but are still owned by the Bianconeri. With the co-ownership deadline set for June 20, many of these names may feature regularly in the coming days as management makes decisions on the immediate futures of many of the young talent currently on the club’s books.
Marco Costantino (Vallée d’Aoste)
The 22 year old goalkeeper spent last season on loan at SPAL, making just one appearance and effectively wasting a year of his career. This term he was sent to the local Lega Pro side and made seven starts with a further appearance as a substitute. His future, once seemingly bright, has faded badly and it would be no surprise to see him loaned out next season before his contract expires in the summer of 2014.
Alberto Gallinetta (Feralpi Salò)
An intriguing case here as the young stopper, released by Inter in 2011 and picked up by Parma, was sold in co-ownership to Juventus this past January. Still only 21, he spent the entire season on loan with the Lombardy club and started sixteen Lega Pro games, conceding 26 goals and keeping just three clean sheets. He was also sent off in a defeat to Lumezzane early in the campaign but, by the end of the season, had regained the trust of the now sacked coach Gian Marco Remondina.
Carlo Pinsoglio (Vicenza)
Co-owned with the Biancorossi since January of 2012, the former Italy Under-21 international has enjoyed an eighteen month spell with the Stadio Romeo Menti based club. This past season he made 23 starts, keeping five clean sheets as the club battled relegation all year long. They ended up in nineteenth place and then, unable to triumph in a playoff against Reggina, Vicenza ended a twelve year stay in Serie B as they prepare to play in Lega Pro next term.
Frederik Sørensen (Bologna)
Gigi Delneri’s favourite Dane had his co-ownership renewed for the 2012-13 campaign and had perhaps his best season to date. With his 27 appearances all coming in central defence, he is no longer contending with having to learn a new position and his comfort showed as he averaged 2.8 tackles and a team high 2.4 interceptions per game. He also made good use of the ball, making just eight turnovers all season while completing 82% of all his passes and added ten blocked shot in an excellent all round display. Makes you wonder why he isn’t starting games for the Danish national team who, as Lars can attest, need all the defensive help they can get.
Marco Motta (Bologna)
The ghost of transfer windows past, the former Roma and (gulp) Italy fullback is still haunting Sørensen everywhere he goes. This season he committed 22 turnovers and was beaten by dribbling opponents no fewer than 23 times in just 18 appearances. In those games he was whistled for no fewer than 36 fouls, completed a lowly 70.9% of his passes and two out of every three crosses he made failed to find a teammate. Can it get any worse? Well, he’s still fully owned by Juventus and has two years left on his contract, making him the Fabio Grosso of this generation.
Reto Ziegler (Fenerbahçe)
Still only 27, he too has a Juventus contract until 2015, largely thanks to Beppe Marotta failing to realise he needed to sack Delneri until after Ziegler was signed. Oh well, with he and Motta costing a combined €5 million it is hardly a death sentence, and the Swiss international at least realises he has no chance to ever play under Antonio Conte. Linked with moves everywhere but currently going nowhere, Juventus will do well if they can break even on him and the aforementioned Motta. Started sixteen games for the Turkish club but it seems they have no money to buy the player outright.
Felipe Melo (Galatasaray)
If I told you that the Brazilian spent the season on loan at a club in Turkey who don’t have the money to buy him that would be like déjà vu all over again right? Well he did, so I have and despite being loved by the club’s fans, it seems once again Marotta will spend the summer looking for a new home for Alessio Secco’s white elephant. Watching them walk away from a player who has scored 13 goals in 56 games for them almost makes you want Juventus to sign Fiorentina’s best player just to make things even….
James Troisi (Atalanta)
Still just 24, the Australian international and former Newcastle United attacking midfielder made the move to Bergamo as part of the deal to acquire ownership of Manolo Gabbiadini. He made just eight appearances for the Orobici, largely as a substitute as he found his way in Italian football but did look quite good during his two Coppa Italia starts.
Jorge Martínez (CFR Cluj, allegedly)
Imagine if Simone Pepe had no skill, a weight problem, a poor work rate, no sense of humour or team spirit AND cost €12 million. He wouldn’t even be able to get a game in Romania right? Right. Luckily his contract expires next summer and he’ll be someone else’s problem.
Ciro Immobile (Genoa)
After scoring an incredible 27 goals in Serie B last term, the young striker made the leap to the top flight in a less than ideal setting. The Rossoblu are notorious for not developing talent yet the 23 year old made 35 appearances and netted five goals despite the constant revolving door of players and coaches at Genoa. His next move will be vital and is one he needs to get right if he is to continue to improve.