It’s been a year of highs and lows for Luca Lezzerini. The 21-year-old goalkeeper nearly left Fiorentina last summer after the arrival of Bartlomiej Dragowski hinted that management was moving on from him, but Pantaleo Corvino convinced him to stay on for another year, despite serious interest from a handful of Serie B clubs. That faith looked likely to be repaid at the preseason session in Moena, where Lezzerini pipped his Polish rival for primary backup duties with a string of solid performances in friendlies and in training.
However, he proved entirely incapable of dethroning number one Ciprian Tatarusanu, even in the Europa League, where Fiorentina have traditionally given the reserve net-minder a chance to shine. He finally got the call against PAOK, and responded with a clunker of a match that handed the Greeks a surprise win in Florence.
So here we all are. Lezzerini has long been considered a possible number one for the senior side, working his way up through the youth ranks to his current spot. However, with Dragowski—considered one of the brightest goalkeeping prospects in Europe—taking the mantle of promising youngster, and with Arsenal target Giacomo Satalino also drawing rave reviews for the Primavera, Luca’s time with the club could be short.
To his credit, he’s been nothing but professional, refusing to slag the club or the management. However, he’s at the stage of his career where he needs to start playing regular minutes and developing his skills, and Florence clearly isn’t the place where that’ll happen.
The obvious solution is a loan move away for the next few months. If he impresses, he’ll either return to Fiorentina with a chance to compete for the top spot or be sold to a team that badly needs a goalie. If he fails, well, his contract runs out a year later anyways. Spezia, SPAL, and Modena all tried to pick him up last June and could be landing spots in January as well. Wherever he ends up, though, we just want him to play and show us what kind of goalkeeper he really is.