The youngster received two yellow cards in quick succession to see red in the 67th minute but Atalanta thrived and went on to win 2-0 albeit with the numerical disadvantage.
The 20-year-old received his first yellow card in the 64th minute and was cautioned again three minutes later for an obstruction and received his marching orders.
Two minutes after falling a man short, Mattia Caldara doubled Atalanta’s lead and got his second of the game to see La Dea temporarily occupy the fourth spot on the Italian top tier standings.
Kessie – who is a reported transfer target of both Manchester United and Arsenal - has been quoted saying he has a soft spot for his childhood love, United.
Franck Kessié in 16/17 #SerieA :
37 dribbles won
27 tackles won
19 aerials won
84% pass success #Atalanta #NapoliAtalanta pic.twitter.com/Wyb37uegsi — Shot on Goal (@shotongoalx) February 26, 2017
“I like the Premier League and dream of Manchester United,” Kessie told Tuttomercatoweb recently
“I did not hear any rumours around Roma, as I was at the Africa Cup of Nations and so focused only on playing, but I like the Premier League and in particular Manchester United, the club I dream of playing for.
“Chelsea? That is also a big club, nobody would turn them down, but I dream of United.”
It remains to be seen if Jose Mourinho will make a bid to lure the man tipped to be the next Yaya Toure to Old Trafford although he still has a long term deal with Gian Piero Gasperini’s men.