In the first of a series of features, Juventus.com tracks the progress of three talents who are all lighting up their respective championships on co-ownership agreements.
On Saturday, central defender Daniele Rugani scored his first ever professional goal in Empoli’s 4-0 home win over Reggina. Having played an active role in his side’s opener, the 19-year-old, whose registration rights are shared by Juventus and Empoli, capped a commanding display when he towered above the opposition defence to net a third in a resounding triumph at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win keeps Maurizio Sarri’s men on course for an automatic promotion spot, nine points behind runaway leaders Palermo.
Also on target in another home success was Ciro Immobile. The 24-year-old forward, who joined the Bianconeri academy from Sorrento in 2008, strengthened his case as an outside bet for a place in Cesare Prandelli’s World Cup squad with an explosive hat-trick during Torino’s 3-1 win over Livorno. Co-owned by the two Turin clubs, Immobile’s latest exploits took him level with Carlos Tevez as the division’s top goalscorer and keep Torino’s aspirations of a top-half finish alive.
Elsewhere, a low drive from Mattia Proietti sparked scenes of celebration as Bassano Virtus secured automatic promotion to the Lega Pro Prima Divisione with a late 2-1 win over Pergolettese. The 22-year-old, who cites Claudio Marchisio as one of his footballing idols, is on a 50/50 agreement with the Venetian side and hopes added playing time at the heart of midfield will enable him to improve his precision in the pass.
In an interview with bassanovirtus.com, he said: “I feel more defensively minded, considering I played at the back for Juventus up until I was 14 years old. This year I’ve been getting on the ball more and look to link both phases of play. I would like to improve my positional sense and ability to pick out the right pass before the ball reaches me.”