In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone, Fiorentina announced today that Niccolò Pierozzi has been loaned to Salernitana for the rest of the year. There’s no option, so the youngster will return to Florence over the summer. The Viola are likely paying a small portion of his salary for the next few months as well.
The 22-year-old rightback looks like the natural replacement for Pasquale Mazzochi, who just moved to Napoli, and should take on a major role immediately, especially since Junior Sambia picked up a knock in last week’s loss against Juventus. He’s already taken the number 27, same as he had during his successful spell at Reggina last year.
While Salernitana is a bad team destined for relegation, given its 12 points from 19 games and bottom spot in the standings, it’s not a bad spot for Pierozzi. He’ll get lots of minutes and learn the Serie A ropes from grizzled veterans like Antonio Candreva and Federico Fazio. He’ll also play at wingback with an onus on attacking, a role in which he impressed tremendously for the Amaranti.
It was clear that Pierozzi hadn’t earned Vincenzo Italiano’s trust in Florence, as the mister chose to leave him on the bench in favor of an out-of-position Fabiano Parisi when Michael Kayode needed a break. Pierozzi will finish the Viola portion of his campaign with just 2 appearances, both against a visibly-overmatched Čukarički in the Conference League.
The first team is out of reach for the Firenze-born academy product, but he’ll need to show something. His contract expires in June and, with the rise of Kayode, he’s no longer the Fiorentina’s best prospect in his position. If he can nail down the starting role and put together a goof few months amidst the chaos in Salerno, he could earn himself a new deal.
We’re certainly hoping that’s how it plays out, because Pierozzi’s a very fun young player, a quick and technical fullback who loves to get forward. If he can refine the defensive side of his game, he’ll be well on his way to a long and fruitful top-flight career. We wish him the best of luck and hope he forces his way back into the Viola plans.