Ex-Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli emotional as his former Academy pupil Tommaso Milanese makes Roma debut: “It gave me huge joy.”


One of Roma’s most highly rated youngsters, Tommaso Milanese, made his senior debut for the Giallorossi yesterday evening in their 5-0 Europa League victory over Cluj.

Milanese, 18, was brought on late in the second half by manager Paulo Fonseca and made an incredibly quick impact. The midfielder, who has 2 goals and 2 assists in 6 appearances for the Giallorossi’s Primavera so far this season, earned himself an assist in the 89th minute after a beautiful piece of play with Pedro, who buried Roma’s fifth and final goal on the evening.

Today, former Palermo striker and the President of Milanese’s former academy side, Fabrizio Miccoli, spoke to Tuttomercatoweb and admitted that he became emotional seeing his former pupil make his senior debut yesterday evening for the Giallorossi.

“I got very excited when I saw Tommaso come on,” said Miccoli, the owner of Scuola Calcio ASD Fabrizio Miccoli, which is based in San Donato, Lecce.

“To see him there on the pitch after having grown up with us gave me huge joy. He has both technical and physical abilities — for me, he can play as a mezz’ala or a trequartista. He knows how to get assists, he reminds me a bit of (Milan midfielder) Çalhanoğlu.”

“Our academy? We’re Roma Academy, I just finished speaking to Bruno Conti. I hope this situation with the pandemic ends soon because I have several youngsters who can grow and make their case — and I’ve given Roma the priority for them.”

“Our academy has become incredibly important: we’ve already had 50 youngsters join Serie A and Serie B sides. Our mindset is that we operate as if we were a professional football club. We’re incredibly satisfied with that we’ve done so far.”

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