Federico Chiesa is the “future” of the Italy side, but Paolo Rossi warns he is far from the finished product. “He needs to be re-evaluated.”
The Fiorentina winger turns 21 next month and is already one of the most impressive players in the Nations League games against Poland and Portugal.
“His performance against Portugal wasn’t entirely satisfactory, in fact I can say that by his standards it was pretty poor,” 1982 World Cup winner Rossi told Firenzeviola.it.
“He was unable to repeat the brilliant contribution he made to the game against Poland. It’s also fair to say he wasn’t used in his best position and frankly it wasn’t clear whether he was meant to defend or attack. Maybe even both.
“Chiesa finished the match in Lisbon exhausted, but without ever being that incisive. He did all he could in the circumstances.
“He is one of the best Italian talents in circulation and the future belongs to him. Perhaps last night was one of his first real games on an international level, so he still needs to gain experience and can only improve.
“However, after that performance, I feel it’s right to say he needs to be re-evaluated.”