Murgia and Cataldi: Lazio must find space for youngsters in starting eleven

Murgia and Cataldi, Source- S.S.Lazio
Murgia and Cataldi, Source- S.S.Lazio

It is always astounding to see homegrown players brought up from the youth ranks and succeed for the senior team. In so many cases, it is just a matter of presenting an opportunity to them: they gain the confidence and quality they need to perform and become acknowledged worldwide…

At Lazio, two homegrown players that have been talked about for quite some time are midfielders, Alessandro Murgia and Danilo Cataldi. The 22-year-old – after not receiving playing time for the first half of the season – joined SPAL in January on loan, while the 24-year-old Italian has finally broken into the first team and has remained in Rome this season (after several loan spells away from the club). Earlier this week, Murgia spoke about his experience with Gli Estensi so far and how important it is for him to finally be playing regularly. The reason he left Lazio surrounded this and he even mentioned himself that it was the right call… On the other hand, Cataldi is finally finding a little bit of playing time with the Biancocelesti and has even managed a few goals and top performances because of it. However, this is not enough; Lazio must decide what to do with these players. In addition to the two Italians, there are so many young and promising prospects that are not being given the option to show their talent on the pitch.

In his latest for The Laziali, Vittorio Campanile takes a deeper dive into this problem, suggesting that Simone Inzaghi and Claudio Lotito must take action quickly if Lazio are to succeed in the long-term.