In the modern days of football, young players are under so much players to perform. A starlet that outshines others are paid well and brought to bigger clubs, and many times underperform to eventually be called flops.
Take Lamela for example, who at only 21-years-old last season was harassed as the worst signing of the transfer window and labelled as a flop before he had a regular run in the first team.
But some players are late bloomers, needing time and experience before reaching their potential. And there is no better late bloomer this year than Graziano Pelle.
After spells in Italy’s smaller teams and four years with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, it wasn’t till the 2012-2013 with Feyenoord that Pelle found his groove and hit 29 goals that season. And at the time he did this, he was already 27.
Now in the Premier League, the Italian is showcasing his talent to the world for Southampton, with yesterday’s beautiful curler against Stoke in the Capital One Cup his first of a match-winning brace.