Atalanta comfortably cruised past Pescara on Sunday, with Alberto Grassi notably scoring his first goal in Serie A. The Nerazzurri loanee has continued his impressive progression in Bergamo and will now join Luigi Di Biagio’s Under-21 squad for their games against Poland and Spain. Against Pescara the midfielder was back to his best, displaying some of the traits that earned him initial praise last season. He is a dynamic player that has a unique touch of intensity, whilst he also has the intelligence to make incisive runs. A strong display from Grassi, who will now be hoping to increase his goalscoring tally in the future.
Whilst remaining in the Under-21 sphere, Federico Di Francesco also grabbed the limelight at the weekend, as he helped Bologna complete an impressive 4-1 comeback against Chievo. His second half arrival was integral for Roberto Donadoni’s side, as he not only scored but also provided an assist for Dzemaili. Lastly, one must also note the recent call-ups for Chiesa, Bonifazi and Favilli, who have all been selected by coach Di Biagio for the first time in their young careers. Meanwhile. perhaps the most impressive international selection is that of Meret, with the Spal shot-stopper earning a spot in the Gian Piero Ventura’s senior side.