Profile of Giorgio Scalvini, Future Fortress of Italy

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1NEWS – Not many 18-year-olds have become regulars at a club, let alone the class of Serie A. Among those few is Giorgio Scalvini.

The player who plays as a defender has earned more trust from Coach Gian Piero Gasperini at Atalanta. Due to performing well at the club, Scalvini also received a call-up to the Italian national team from Roberto Mancini in early 2022.

In recent years, as the club has grown, Atalanta have produced promising young players from their own academy. Call it like Franck Kessie, Dejan Kulusevski, and Amad Diallo. The latest young player to catch the eye at the Gewiss Stadium is Giovani Scalvini.

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Since mid-March 2022, Scalvini has established himself in Gasperini’s squad.

The centre-back who idolizes Thiago Silva has always stood out at the age group level since joining the Atalanta academy from his hometown club Brescia at the age of 12.

Scalvini first appeared on Gasperini’s radar in the 2020/2021 season, precisely when he became one of the stars of the Atalanta Primavera team that advanced to the national final, before losing to Empoli.

Played 31 times, Scalvini made the most appearances of any player born in 2003. He was given a place on the first team bench on several occasions throughout the season.

Scalvini has the same physical ability as an experienced Italian national team player. Scalvini is also very calm in possession of the ball.

“My teammates helped me a lot, and their advice made my job on the pitch easier,” he said humbly.

With his consistent performance, Atalanta will certainly not hesitate to secure him as an asset for the future. Scalvini’s contract only runs until the summer of 2023, and there are already clubs from both Italy and Europe monitoring the defender’s situation.

He almost got his first taste of training with the Azzurri in January 2020, when he was included in the squad selected by Roberto Mancini to take part in the pre-World Cup play-off training camp.

However, a minor muscle injury prevented Scalvini from taking part, but chances are it was just something that was delayed. Because, many believe Scalvini will be a mainstay in the back line for Gli Azzurri in the years to come.

(mochamad rahmatul haq/yul)