This week’s edition of Talent Track focuses on four youngsters making waves with their respective sides on either co-ownership or loan deals from the Bianconeri.
Starting on Italian soil, Daniele Rugani continues to win plenty of plaudits for his displays in the country’s top flight so far, leading Empoli’s defence with the composure and charisma of a veteran.
The 20-year-old centre-back, co-owned by Juventus and the Azzurri, has started in each of the newly-promoted side’s 11 games and netted his first Serie A goal during September’s 2-2 draw with Cesena.
The icing on the cake, however, arrived yesterday when Antonio Conte named the highly regarded stopper in Italy’s squad for their upcoming double header with Croatia and Albania.
Also earning international recognition is Joel Untersee, who will be linking up with the Swiss Under-21 side over the coming week.
Now in his second season on loan with Vaduz, with whom he earned promotion last year, the right-back has played 12 of the 15 Super League encounters contested by the Liechtenstein-based outfit.
Over in Greece, Ouasim Bouy, who joined the Bianconeri from the famed Ajax academy in 2012, featured for 90 minutes of Panathinaikos’ 2-1 away win over current league leaders PAOK.
Operating as an inside midfielder in the visitors’ 4-3-3 formation, Bouy continues to flourish in his latest loan move following similar spells at Brescia and Hamburg.
His bursts forward from deep have also enabled him to make a goalscoring contribution, finding the target in last week’s Greek Cup encounter with Panetolikos Agrinio, which finished 3-1 to Panathinaikos.
On the subject of goalscoring, Spanish winger Hector Otin Lafuente, born in 1996, struck his second of the campaign for Virtus Entella’s Primavera side in their Ligurian derby with Sampdoria.
After taking his first footballing steps with Zaragoza, Lafuente joined the Bianconeri academy in 2012,figuring several times for the Primavera before linking up with the Biancocelesti, where he will continue his development during the 2014/15 campaign.