While some of his Italy U-21 team-mates have been promoted to the full national squad, Ciro Immobile is making a case for further examination.
Swide keeps track of the young talent destined to be the future stars of Serie A, for Ciro Immobile, we say 'watch this space'.
A blistering start with Genoa this season has trailed off somewhat but he is only 21 and he will only get better and better. Juventus, who co-own the young Neopolitan are monitoring his progress closely as, although they shipped him out to other teams, they were always sure to keep him tied to La Vechia Signora.
He utterly owned Serie B last year when he found his form playing for Pescara, with 28 goals in 37 games, which saw many of Serie A's big clubs searching for his signature. In the end it was Genoa who got him, a move that satisfied Juventus, who didn't want him to go to a title rival, and the player himself who can be paired with Marco Borriello.
A product of the youth system at Juventus, Immobile made a name for himself in the club's Primavera side combining with Daud for 12 goals and taking the 2010 Torneo di Viareggio. That saw him fast-tracked to the senior squad when he made his first appearances in the 2009 season, but a few unimpressive appearances saw him loaned out to Siena under Antonio Conte. Unable to stake a claim to a starting spot at Siena he left for the less-ambitious Grossetto where at least he was more likley to get a start. By the end of the 2010-11 season Immobile had a total of three goals in 27 games for Juve, Siena and Grosseto combined – dIfficult times for the youngster.
Immobile eventually got a break and Juve allowed him to join Pescara, where Zdeněk Zeman was building a team of talented youngsters, including Marco Veratti and Lorenzo Insigne. Things eventualy came to gether and Immobile took his chance to rivive his stalled career ending up Serie B's top scorer. It looked like the stage was set for a triumphant return to Juventus but instead Immobile was sent to Genoa who garnerd a 50% stake in the player, in return Juve were guaranteed that CIro's development would continue with a starting spot. The deal looks to have paid off as he has two goals in three games this season and looks very comfortable at the top table even scoring against his parent club Juve, and celebrating rather a little too enthusiastically.
Immobile is a very instinctive striker and a natural poacher, he has good feet and can take a ball past a defender. That said though he needs bigger returns from his shot-to-goal ratio but from what we've seen of the young sharp shooter he has a bright future ahead of him all the more so for dragging himself back from the brink of a stalled fledgling career. At only 21 years of age he has the 'jouney man' tag already afixed but in the long-run that will stand to him. Having tio fight for his future will make him a more dedicated squad member and hopefully hone his instincts in front of goal.
It is Immobile's destiny to be the go-to marksman for Juventus and one day Italy too. It's up to him how he gets there, if this season is anything to go by then he is ready and willing to grasp it.
By Hugo Mc Cafferty