Anderlecht go for Serie A revelation

Due to the departure of Sergio Gomez and the uncertain future of Francis Amuzu, Peter Verbeke is currently scouring the player market for interesting left wingbacks. Giuseppe Pezzella certainly belongs to that category. That is not the biggest name, but last season he was one of the better left backs of the Serie A at Atalanta Bergamo. And that has clearly not gone unnoticed by the scouting department of RSC Anderlecht.


The inhabitants of Brussels celebrated the lucrative transfer of Sergio Gomez to Manchester City this week, but due to the departure of the Spaniard, Felice Mazzu has to deal with a sporty bloodletting in his team. With Francis Amuzu also wanting to force a transfer from the Lotto Park, Peter Verbeke must therefore urgently work to get a new left wingback to Sporting. And according to transfer expert Nicolò Schira, talks have already started between Anderlecht and Parma Calcio about a transfer of Giuseppe Pezzella.


Despite his 24 springs, the offensive left-back has accumulated considerable relevant experience over the years, with 111 Serie A appearances split between Atalanta, Parma, Genoa, Udinese and Palermo. He was also a regular customer of the national U21 of Italy a few years ago. Just to say that Giuseppe Pezzella certainly earned his stripes in the Calcio, which also proves his current market value of 5 million euros. Last season, for example, he also did well on a loan basis at Atalanta.

Giuseppe Pezzella was not an undisputed starting player in the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, which is logical given the presence of Joakim Maehle, Davide Zappacosta and Hans Hateboer, all strong competitors for the born Neapolitan. Despite this, Pezzella still managed to rack up 1,151 minutes of play in Serie A, mainly thanks to injuries to his positional colleagues, in which he did very well on the offensive front. Pezzella was systematically integrated into the team of Gian Piero Gasperini, the coach who made him grow in dribbling, defending and crosses.


That hard offensive work clearly paid off, as Giuseppe Pezzella was even one of the better left wingbacks in Serie A in the offensive field. For example, no competitor could surpass his average of 0.23 assists per 90 minutes. In the duels won and successful offensive actions, he was in the top five. In terms of offensive regularity, number of successful passes per game and number of successful dribbles per game, he was in the top ten. In terms of defensive work, Pezzella still has steps to take, but that was originally the case with Sergio Gomez.

It is by no means self-evident that Giuseppe Pezzella recorded such good offensive parameters last season. At that time there were many excellent left (wing)backs in the Serie A, who today have a much higher market value (5 million euros) than him. For example, Theo Hernández (AC Milan, 55 million euros), Aaron Hickey (then Bologna, now Brentford, 18 million euros), Destiny Udogie (Hellas Verona, 17 million euros), Joakim Maehle (Atalanta, 13 million euros), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina, 10 million euros) and Ivan Perisic (then Internazionale, now Tottenham) and Luca Pellegrini (then Juventus, now Eintracht Frankfurt, 9 million euros).


Thanks to the good coaching and guidance of Gian Piero Gasperini, Giuseppe Pezzella made clear progress last season in the attacking area, where his pronounced strengths lie. It is no coincidence that the 24-year-old Italian also mirrors himself to a similar type of football player. “By whom am I inspired? Aleksandar Kolarov,” said Pezzella to Corriere dello Sport. The former left-back of the likes of AS Roma, Manchester City, Lazio and Internazionale was feared at the time for his offensive overlaps and rushes on the left flank, as well as his blistering shot and precise free kicks. “He was a footballer with great physique, good feet and excellent technique.”


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