In the news: Conti on the primavera this morning reports on an interview with Bruno Conti (from Il Corriere dello Sport), where he speaks of Roma's young primavera players, in light of Crescenzi getting thrown in for 10 minutes of the Sampdoria game. Some highlights:

  • Spalletti and his right hand Domenichi watches a lot of primavera games, and closely monitors its players. Subsequent use of these players in the big time is, then, not by chance.
  • Alessandro Crescenzi (born 1991), who, as mentioned, made a positive debut on Sunday has moved through the Roma youth teams since moving from Lodigiani, not unlike a certain captain fantastic did some two decades ago (all comparisons firmly end here). Conti describes the wingback as having improved a lot, and his debut as 'couragous, in a complicated situation'.
  • Others likely to play in A are central defender Brosco, who also has 'improved under all aspects'. Then there's D'Alessandro, a fast attacking player with fantasy (Conti quote: 'like Cerci, but sacrifices himself more') and Bertolacci, defensive midfielder supposedly well on Spalletti's radar.
  • A lot of these boys are born in 1991 and 1992, which pits them against opposition born '88 or '89, which is the norm for the primavera category. Obviously throwing them in at the (somewhat) deep end is how Roma's youth department works. link