If there is one type of player that Italy were dreadfully lacking at Euro 2008, it was a skilful, creative, and pacy attacking midfielder with the ability to take on opponents, open up the space, stretch the play, and cause damage in the final third of the field.
Torino’s Alessandro Rosina is a player who,
when on form, ticks all these boxes. When I was asked prior to the Euros who I
would choose in my 23-man Italy
squad, I selected Rosina, even though I knew fully well that there was not a
cat in hell’s chance of Roberto Donadoni taking him to Austria and Switzerland.
Rosina is now 24, yet he has only won one cap for the Azzurri, in a 2-0
friendly win against South
Africa last October. Despite Cristiano
Lucarelli’s brace, Rosina was the undoubted man-of-the-match, as he caused havoc
almost every time he touched the ball.
So why, despite such an impressive debut performance, has Rosina never been
capped again since?
The only possible explanation can be the fact that he plays for Torino, a club who despite their tradition and history,
are no longer regarded as one of the big boys of Serie A.
Rosina has been a revelation since arriving in Turin in 2005. In his debut season he was the
driving force behind their promotion to Serie A, scoring 12 goals in 42 games.
In both of the last two years, it would not be unfair to say that he has almost
single-handedly dragged the Granata to survival, scoring 17 goals and providing
Such has been his brilliance that Rosina has been linked to every one of the
Italian big boys, excluding of course Juventus. Roma have been the team most
associated with making a move. However Rosina, who is nicknamed ‘Rosinaldo’ due
to his Brazilian-style flair, has always stayed loyal to Il Toro, and indeed
last season signed a contract extension until 2011.
It has become evidently clear, through this summer’s transfer campaign, that
there is little hope under the current owners, of Torino
rolling back to the pre-1990 years and challenging for honours.
Rosina has a simple choice to make. If he wants to fulfil his career he has
to leave. He will win no club trophies, and his international prospects will
also be in serious jeopardy. On the other hand, he can stay and become a club
legend, a little like Matt Le Tissier, who turned down the advances of big
clubs to spend his whole career at little Southampton. Le Tissier was quite
possibly the most talented English player of his generation, yet he only earned
eight caps for his country, and won nothing for his club.
Loyalty in the modern game is fast disappearing, and a player like Le
Tissier can only be commended given the way money is now destroying football’s
soul. Having said this though, it will be a shame if Rosina never has the
opportunity to grace the grandest stages during his career.
What are your views on this topic? Is Rosina throwing away his career at Torino? Is it time he joined a bigger club? Goal.com
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