Although Fiorentina have added a hatful of players who are ready for first-team action this past month, we have to remember that Pantaleo Corvino is still in charge of the transfers. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised when the odd out-of-the-blue teenager pops up as having officially switched to the Viola, as Simone Lo Faso has just done (it’s a loan with an optional fee). As per usual, we think the Crow has made a clever investment for the future, especially since it’s a future fee of just €2.7 million.
Lo Faso is a dynamic attacker whose game is all about quick feet. He’s the sort of jittery presence on the wing who gives defenders the cold sweats, largely because of his close control and almost perfect two-footedness. He’s equally comfortable on the left wing, where he likes to come inside and have a shot from distance (he’s pretty good at those, actually), or playing as a number 10, from where he’ll either drift wide to find space or drop deep to receive the ball before turning and driving through the heart of the defense.
He made his first-team debut last year for Palermo, earning a single start and a total of 10 Serie A appearances. He didn’t score, but looked lively enough to impress a neutral viewer. He’s also got 5 caps for the Italy U19s, scoring once. He’s still pretty raw, which means he’ll probably spend most of his time with the Primavera, with perhaps the odd cameo off the bench for the big boys. Give him three years or so, though, and he could be ready to take on a lot of responsibility for the Gigliati. We’re definitely okay with that prospect.