Following on from a comprehensive look back at the players of the Juventus Primavera in my most recent column (seen here with full pagelle scores for the entire squad) today I bring you a look at those players who spent 2012-13 away with other clubs. With this year’s 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.
Francis Anacoura (Parma) Taken on co-ownership last summer, the 18 year old goalkeeper remained at parent club Parma where he played just seven games for their Primavera side. Difficult to see him ever featuring for the Bianconeri at any level.
Nicola Leali (Lanciano) After being a major acquisition last summer, the Italy Under-21 international swapped Brescia for Lanciano and helped them to secure their place in Serie B next season. Their poor defence kept him extremely busy as he was beaten 51 times in 37 appearances, yet he managed to keep six clean sheets. A hugely talented prospect and might yet get to be a part of Antonio Conte’s first team squad next season if Marco Storari does indeed move on to a new challenge.
Andrea Montrucchio (Atalanta) Spent the year on loan with Atalanta and looked confident in his ten appearances for their Primavera, conceding just ten goals in the same number of appearances. He kept three clean sheets and will undoubtedly be on the move again this summer.
Timothy Nocchi (Juve Stabia) The Tuscan, having signed a new five year contract, is much admired by Juventus management and is definitely a name to remember. He spent the season with the Vespe and helped them to a mid-table finish, keeping four clean sheets in his 25 league appearances. Speculation grows the Bianconeri are searching for a Serie A club to put their trust in him before confirming his next move.
Gianmarco Vannucchi (Pro Vercelli) Just seventeen, the young shot-stopper featured in seven games for the Primavera. He conceded 14 goals but kept two clean sheets and impressed enough to be named to the substitutes bench for the club’s Serie B encounter with Crotone in November. An invaluable year of experience.
Raffaele Alcibiade (Budapest Honvéd) Spent the first half of the season at Carrarese – the club owned by Gigi Buffon – before moving on to Honvéd and helping them to third place in the Hungarian league. He featured in twelve Lega Pro games before the switch and nine after, eight of which ended in clean sheets and he showed great versatility in playing as a left-back following a number of injuries at the club. Now 23, he is unlikely to return to Turin in any permanent capacity.
Nazzareno Belfasti (Gubbio) Another who switched teams in midseason but, unlike Alcibiade, the young left back was moved due to a lack of playing time. Originally sent to Serie B club Modena, he made just one first team appearance and eleven for their Primavera side, Beppe Marotta knew he needed to feature more regularly and sent him to AS Gubbio in Lega Pro. He played twelve matches for the Lupi in a variety of positions and, at almost 20, will perhaps look to remain there next term.
Gianluca Carfora (Cuneo) Having lost his first team place to Joel Untersee last season, the Turin born right back was sent to Cuneo in co-ownership and then loaned to Mantova. Unfortunately injury curtailed his season before it truly began.
Rodolfo Cifarelli (Pro Vercelli) Knowing space would be at a premium for defenders, the eighteen year old spent the season with Pro Vercelli’s Primavera, making twelve appearances. Did very little of note but may be recalled as a number of Juventus players will move out this summer. prestito
Carlos Garcia (Perugia) Broke into the Lega Pro side’s first team just after Christmas and managed five appearances. Not as impactful as was expected at that level in a season hampered by niggling injuries.
Prince-Désir Gouano (Lanciano) The France Under-20 international is another whose progress after helping the Bianconeri to win the 2012 Viareggio Cup was devastated by Injury. He made one appearance in Serie B this season, a total he will hope to add to next term.
Matteo Liviero (Perugia) The talented left back has gone from playing in the Europa League under Gigi Delneri to featuring for Perugia in Lega Pro. He made 21 appearances there and also earned three caps as part of Luigi Di Biaggio’s Italian Under-20’s side as the season drew to a close.
Alberto Masi (Ternana) If Liviero’s fall was predictable, the dramatic fall from grace of the former Pro Vercelli defender was among the most surprising events of the season for Juventus. The 20 year old went from seemingly a favourite of Conte’s – remember he was a sub on Serie A’s opening day! – to back to his former club in co-ownership and then on loan to the Rossoverdi who have an option to purchase Juve’s share in him. His form improved at Ternana and he may yet find a home in the top division next season, just don’t expect it to be with Juventus!
Simone Napoli (Torino) Still only 18, injury prevented him from making more than two Primavera appearances for the Granata and he must look to improve quickly once he regains fitness.
Gabriel Appelt (Pro Vercelli) The Brazilian made 25 appearances in Serie B, showing no effects of the leg injury which curtailed his debut season in Italy and began to realise some of the incredible potential he has. Still only nineteen he is often overlooked when discussing the club’s most talented prospects but he has all the tools to succeed at the highest level.
Filippo Boniperti (Parma) Woefully underused at Empoli in the early part of the season, Calcio’s most famous Grandson moved to the Stadio Tardini in January and picked up some throw away minutes towards the end of the campaign. ‘Nipote’ will look to build on that next year while the clubs will also look to resolve his co-ownership situation after Parma paid invested heavily in his contract.
Ouasim Bouy (Brescia) His biggest contribution to Juventus may well be the softening of relations with Mino Raiola but, looking at the performances of Paul Pogba, it was more than worth it! Made seventeen appearances in Serie B, making five assists and netting once himself, it remains to be seen what Juventus choose to do with their half of his ownership later this month.
Eros Castelletto (Sassuolo) Only seventeen, the central midfielder made 18 appearances for the Primavera of the Serie B Champions and made seven appearances for Alberigo Evani’s Italian Under-18 side.
Raman Chibsah (Sassuolo) The Ghanaian is now co-owned by Parma but was central to helping the side from the Stadio Alberto Braglia to their first appearance in Serie A. 28 league appearances saw him net two goals and add two assists from his role anchoring the midfield. A talented prospect who will hope to get his chance in Serie A next season.
Nicolò Corticchia (Vicenza) Spent the first half of the season among the Carrarese contingent but moved to Vicenza in January and struggled with the leap in quality. Added just one Serie B appearance to the ten he had made in Lega Pro.
Dejan Danza (Pro Vercelli) Another sent the neighbours, the midfielder played seventeen games for the Leone Primavera and will return looking for space in the Juventus midfield. Will need to be at his best if he is to make an impression on Bianconeri memories.
Elio De Silvestro (Pro Vercelli) The talented wide player enjoyed nineteen appearances for Pro Vercelli after moving on co-ownership as part of the Masi deal. Flattered to deceive often but did enough to make an appearance for Italy’s Under-21 side earlier in the campaign.
Manuel Giandonato (Cesena) Injury and some poor loan moves last season hampered his development but 25 Serie B appearances – split between Vicenza and then Cesena give plenty of reason for hope. His playmaking from deep in midfield was fully on display at the Stadio Manuzzi. Various clubs have already made approaches for the supremely talented Abruzzo native and he could enjoy a banner year in 2013-14.
Carlo Ilari (FeralpiSalò) Twenty-two appearances and two goals for the Ancona native who has failed to improve his form away from Turin. Expect Juventus to cut ties this summer.
Fausto Rossi (Brescia) The utility midfielder is beloved by his coaches for a work ethic unlike many others his age. Despite being less talented than many around, it is no surprise to see him among those present in Devis Mangia’s Under-21 Azzurrini squad. 34 appearances for the Serie B side mean he has had a long season but it has been equally impressive.
Richmond Boakye (Sassuolo) The Ghanaian international netted eleven goals this season as he helped Sassuolo to the Serie B title and promotion to the top flight, yet seems to have his heart set on an even bigger challenge. “I’m ready, so give me the opportunity to show what I have,” he begged Juventus management in the press last month but other clubs – including Sampdoria, Leverkusen and even Sassuolo themselves – are looking to secure a deal for his services.
Stefano De Crescenzo (Bari) The young striker missed the last four months of the season with injury just when he was establishing himself in the Galletti Primavera. May return to Juve’s own youth team next season in order to be properly assessed.
Manolo Gabbiadini (Bologna) An intriguing prospect, his future seems to be as a bargaining chip for a top line player, which would be a shame as he certainly has the attributes to develop way beyond his current level. Nineteen starts, six goals and two assists for Bologna, his next move will be crucial in his development and it has to be hoped his destination is decided early in order to allow him the best possible chance of success. Currently part of the Italy Under-21 squad, he is excelling at the European Championships in Israel.
Alberto Libertazzi (Novara) Unfortunate to miss seven months of action due to his terrible injury, the now 21 year old finally returned for the Biancoazzurri Primavera in April to test his fitness. After overcoming that hurdle he made appearances in their last two league games but – despite netting in the derby with Pro Vercelli – was overlooked for the playoff loss to Empoli. Currently, his co-ownership deal is set to be renewed, keeping him at the Stadio Piola next term.
Francesco Margiotta (Carrarese) The Turin native played just over 360 minutes for Gigi Buffon’s side and failed to contribute anything of significance to their attack. At almost twenty his time with the Bianconeri has most likely come to an end.
Cristian Pasquato (Bologna) Sent in co-ownership to Udinese before being loaned to the Felsinei, it was another season of struggle for the highly talented forward. He netted two goals and added three assists in fourteen Serie A appearances while also scoring against both Livorno and Napoli in the Coppa Italia. Don’t forget about him just yet!
Giuseppe Ponsat (Pro Vercelli) A seventeen year old striker who failed to complete 90 minutes or find the back of the net across thirteen Primavera appearances this term. Impossible to judge him on such displays.
Leonardo Spinazzola (Lanciano) The winger, only just twenty, was sent on loan to the Frentani in the last days of the January transfer window, a move which further strengthened the links between the minnows and Juventus. He made a good impression, playing on both flanks and contributing a goal and an assist as the 2012 Viareggio Cup Golden Boy came of age in Serie B.
In bocca al lupo ragazzi!