Experts and great ex on the present and future of the young bomber: there are those who compare him to Castillo and those even to Haaland
PISA. All crazy for Lorenzo Lucca. Insiders and former Nerazzurri speak of the jewel of Pisa after his debut in the Under 21 national team. Lucca is already the object of desire of many clubs. Meanwhile, he has a contract until 2026 and the Nerazzurri company enjoys it also because market valuations soar exponentially.
Alessio Di Petrillo
Alessio Di Petrillo, assistant coach of Legia Warsaw (Polinia), also involved in the Europa League, is not entirely surprised by the success of the center forward: «When Castillo arrives in Pisa it was a surprise for many, but not for me. And this time it’s the same thing. It is surprising, however, that he did everything so quickly. Lucca has great merits, but the team puts him in a position to score ». Now it is important to know how to use your head and not so much in the penalty area: «The qualities are enormous because her body does not slow her down and she already has great personality and malice in covering the ball. He looks complete and with the right mind which doesn’t just mean being a good guy. You have to be able to withstand the pressures to stay at a high level ». Di Petrillo is not unbalanced on any figures: «Once upon a time to increase in value you had to play entire championships at high levels, today just a few games are enough. I don’t know how to make an evaluation, it’s not my job, but I hope that the club risks holding him back as long as possible to try to go to Serie A. Pisa is solid enough to withstand the market sirens at least in the immediate future. “.
Prosecutor Eugenio Ascari is on the same wavelength: «There were several companies on his trail, Sassuolo in the first place, but the boy and his agent made the right choice. Certainly no one could achieve this growth in a few months with the debut in the Under 21 and the eyes on the great Italian clubs to which foreign ones could be added ». Ascari thinks that the market value is already exponentially: Chiellini said that Pisa does not need to sell Lucca and I think he will stay in Pisa at least until the end of the season because the club has ambitions to go up to Serie A, then never say never in football. The boy’s value has already increased fivefold compared to the 2.1 million euros that Pisa paid out to Palermo. If Scamacca, just to give an example, is worth 25 million euros, it is reasonable to say that Lucca is already over 10 million and is destined to increase in value if it keeps doing well ». Is Pisa better at betting on Lucca or more naive the big clubs? «Torino, which until 2020 was the owner of his card, did not bet on Lucca and was a bit superficial and hasty in the evaluation. I think it was enough for him to put 15 thousand euros on the plate to keep it. Good for Palermo and then Pisa to believe in him, the big players lacked a bit of courage ».
An Nerazzurri player has been missing in the senior national team for 31 years. The last to be called, in December 1990, was Lamberto Piovanelli, who Anconetani then managed to sell to Juventus. Zeglio Vicini brought him to Cyprus, but did not make his debut: «Lucca can be useful to the senior national team because I removed the Immobile, which still struggles in blue, I don’t see people who drive me crazy. Then the surprise has always been there. I am thinking of Paolo Rossi and Cabrini launched by Bearzot at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, but also of the same Chiesa and Locatelli promoted by Mancini in the European Championship won. I don’t see why Mancini can’t bet on Lucca ». Piovanelli then talks about the market: «How much it is worth I don’t know, but this lack of points can increase his evaluation if he continues to perform these performances. We need to see in practice what to put the big clubs on the scales. But Pisa needs him to try to go to Serie A ».
Gerry Cavallo, Nerazzurri from 1996 to 1999 and raised in the Juventus youth sector, has no doubts: «He reminds me of Castillo not only because he scores a lot. Especially for determination. He has a spirit of revenge and wants to reach the top. In Sicily I have many friends who immediately told me a lot of good about him when I bought the Pisa from Palermo. A good one to Chiellini and to the club for having won ». Cavallo thinks that Lucca can reach the top precisely because he has unique characteristics: «He has already done excellent things with the Under 21 team even if he hasn’t scored. For technical characteristics he is an atypical striker and the one he most resembles, without exaggerating, is Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. He has personality and great technique. In the assist for Cohen in Terni he reminded me of Luca Toni. For now, all he misses is the header ». Cavallo thinks that an auction could open on the market value: «It cannot be quantified. It could even reach 15-20 million at the end of the season. It depends on him because he has to confirm. I hope he doesn’t get upset, but he seems like a serious and focused guy to me. Then he has great luck because he has two coaches, one better than the other, like D’Angelo and Taddei, and he plays with the enthusiasm of a city like Pisa ».
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