With the winter break now done and dusted, Talent Track, the supporters’ weekly guide to those Bianconeri players out on loan or co-ownership deals, is back for 2015. This week’s New Year edition begins by putting midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola under the spotlight.
Born in Foligno, the 21-year-old is currently plying his trade with fellow Serie A outfit Atalanta on loan but has seen his season blighted by a knee injury sustained back in September 2014.
But Spinazzola, who progressed through both the Empoli and Siena youth sectors prior to joining Juventus, made his long-awaited comeback as a substitute during Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
He replaced Marco D’Alessandro on 65 minutes for his second appearance of the campaign as Stefano Colantuono’s men were pegged back after racing into a two-goal lead. Incidentally, Stefano Sturaro and Richmond Boakye – two players owned by Juventus but enjoying spells at Genoa and Atalanta respectively – remained unused substitutes.
Elsewhere, the turn of the year also signifies the opening of the January transfer window and after news of Manolo Gabbiadini’s transfer to Napoli hit the headlines on Monday, two other Bianconeri have left the club on loan deals.
Shotstopper Francesco Anacoura and striker Alberto Libertazzi will spend the remainder of the 2014/15 season at Lega Pro side Pontedera.
Milan-born Anacoura began his career in the Inter youth academy before being snapped up by Parma and then Juventus in the summer of 2012. The 20-year-old spent last season with Cuneo where he made his debut in the Coppa Italia Lega Pro.
Co-owned by both the Bianconeri and Novara, Libertazzi has also played for Vercelli and L’Aquila before making the step up to professional football. Signed as cover for the injured Filippo Scardina, the 22-year-old’s goals could help take the burden off Luigi Grassi and possibly propel the club towards a potential spot in the playoffs come the end of the season.
During his time with the Bianconeri, Libertazzi won three Torneo di Viareggio titles (2009, 2010 and 2012) and also made his Serie A and Europa League debut five years ago.