Lazio Primavera starlets: Alia, Rezzi, and Armini
Lazio takes on Apollon Limassol in Matchday 5 of the UEFA Europa League. A clash in Cyprus away from home, a win is essential in keeping their hopes for the first place position in the group alive. In addition to the regular players called to the European competition, Simone Inzaghi has also called up three youngsters from Valter Bonacina’s Primavera side. These three Laziali are Nicolo Armini, Marco Alia, and Edoardo Rezzi who will breathe the air of the first team and live unforgettable emotions.
Starting off with the most unknown player of the trio is Ital-Albanian goalkeeper Alia. Born in 2000, he holds a double passport for both the aforementioned countries but chose to play with the Albanian Under 19’s. He has been in the Biancoceleste Primavera for two years now; this season he is making himself the protagonist of a terrific team. He has played all 720 minutes available in the league, conceding only 3 goals in 8 matches. In other words, on five separate occasions, Alia has managed to keep a clean sheet. At the beginning of his career, he played as a midfielder and striker. However, at Tor Tre Teste and Aprilia, he discovered he had innate gifts between the posts. His idol? Manuel Neuer.
The most elderly footballer of Bonacina’s group, Rezzi was Born in 1999. Lazio acquired him in 2015 from Futballclub and from that moment on, the biancoceleste shirt has never been taken off. In his youth career, he has held several roles such as a holding midfielder, a central midfielder, and attacking midfielder, and a striker; he is a very versatile player with a lot of technical quality. After the unfortunate events of last season, this year he is being imposed as one of the best, always making himself available to the team. Inzaghi had been evaluating him for several weeks already, as he was impressed by his commitment to training with the first team. Now, his first real opportunity to show his worth has arrived. At TheLaziali.com, we were lucky enough to be able to communicate with Rezzi before the start of the season; you can view Steven’s exclusive interview with the youngster here.
Lastly, Armini. The youngest of the three, he already has a call-up with the first team under his belt (in the Europa League last season,
on the occasion of the trip to Waregem). He was playing with the Under 17’s, yet Inzaghi made a surprise decision to take him along. Armini did not make his debut, but he did have an unforgettable experience without a doubt. This year Armini is showing off with the Primavera, of which he is the captain and an undisputed leader. The youngster is also in the Italian National Under 19 team, where he plays underage. Surely amongst the most promising products of the Lazio youth players, his growth over the past few years has been positive and constant.