Padova’s young goal machine has been attracting a lot of attention in recent weeks, writes The European Football Review. But can he live up to the hype and fire the Biancoscudati into the final of the Coppa Italia Veneto?
De Mitri had to miss the opening matches of the season with a thigh injury, but since his return the 19-year-old has netted 8 goals in his 7 starts to follow up on his debut season of 6 goals in 12 games. The ex-Ravenna youth player has caught the imagination of the Padovese crowd and his thumping 30-yard winner on Saturday only further endeared him to the passionate fans of the Euganeo. The striker seems to be a bit of an anomaly. He is not quick, but seems to always beat his man over a yard. He doesn’t appear to be that great in the air for a boy of 6ft, yet he wins most of his headers in the penalty area. He claims to be left footed, but anyone who witnessed his thunderbastard of a hit on Saturday will have noticed it was with his “weaker” foot.
We will never forget that Padova gave Italian football Alessandro Del Piero, and whilst it is unlikely that De Mitri will scale the same heights, it is great to see that a young dark haired striker is capturing the hearts of his public.
As Padova travel to Sacliese, who also top the league table, on Wednesday night they will need another quality performance from their young talisman.
Luigi De Mitri may not end up in the blue of the Azzuri, but he is certainly making the white of Padova glow brighter than it has for many a season.
The European Football Review