Alessandro Bastoni: Profile
Name: Alessandro Bastoni
Date of birth: April 13th, 1999
Alessandro Bastoni: Introduction
The Lombardy-born centre-back’s determination to reach the heights of senior football matches that of his playing style. A committed defender with an excellent read of the game, Alessandro Bastoni is developing into a top-class centre-half.
The Italian resembles that of the more modern-style defenders, strong on the ball, confident passer and positionally fluid.
Alessandro Bastoni: Background
Alessandro Bastoni was born in Casalmaggiore, Italy. Coming from a footballing family, it always seemed likely that Alessandro would follow a similar path to his father Nicola Bastoni, who played in Serie B with Cremonese. He coached the local side Cannatese’s youth team and Bastoni was integrated. However, at the age of 7, Bastoni joined the Atalanta youth academy.
“I used to make the 260 km round trip from Casalmaggiore to Bergamo, in the car with my father, every day to go to training and games for Atalanta’s youth teams,” said the Italian. “This ritual began when I was seven years old and, if I have arrived in Serie A, it is thanks to the support from my family and the sacrifices my father made to help me cultivate this dream. It was not easy for me either – I left school early, ate a sandwich in the car, and then did not return home until 8pm.”
The commitment from Bastoni and those around him has propelled him to develop into the player he is today. Eventually maturing into a senior player, Inter Milan came calling and the Italian signed for the club.
“Certainly, it was one of the best moment of my life. Not only for me, but also my father who has always been a fan of the club. I remember that my agent got in touch with me and made an appointment to meet in person,” Bastoni remarked regarding joining Inter. “When he saw me he immediately asked ‘Do you want to go to Inter?’ It didn’t take long for me to answer.”
Expert insight on Alessandro Bastoni
101 spoke to Football Italia writer and creator of The Gentleman Ultra Richard Hall
“Alessandro Bastoni is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most sought after central defenders. The defender’s performances have brought praise due to his maturity and technical ability. Bastoni came from Atalanta’s prestigious youth academy at the age of seven but was bought by Inter for €31m after just three appearances. He was loaned out to Parma where he had a successful season before coming back to Milan to feature in Antonio Conte’s first team.”
“So, what makes him one of the most promising you centre backs in European football? For his age, he is incredibly intelligent and he shows this in his positioning. He also is strong and aggressive in the way he defends but the real quality comes when he is on the ball. He defends on the front foot and in doing this, he offers quality in possession and he has a superb range of passing.”
Bastoni completes a dramatic turnaround for Inter! 🔵⚫
A pair of headed goals and a red card for Parma and this game has been turned upside down in the final minutes 😱 pic.twitter.com/5MQeWYIemA
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) June 28, 2020
“He has the intelligence to see danger, break position, make the tackle and then go on the offensive. His pace allows him this but it also allows him to keep pace with most forwards that come at him. His ability on one on ones is perhaps not talked about enough.”
Tactical Overview of Alessandro Bastoni
The key strength of Bastoni is his reading of the game and the way he positions himself. Often anticipating danger and attempting to deal with it. Occasionally a little rash, but the Italian makes the coach’s decision to drop him difficult with his committed style. A left-footer, Bastoni can occupy the central or left-hand side position of the back 3. Quick acceleration over short distances is a key asset for Bastoni and often leads to winning key challenges and interceptions.
Whilst tackling and defensive positioning is key for a modern-day centre-half, astute passing is also vital. Teams need confidence in their defenders to add to the attack, through quick passing and switching of play. Bastoni’s defensive reading of the game and understanding of player positioning translates to his passing. Often spotting teammates in open space and finding passes across and through the pitch.
Alessandro Bastoni is displaying the maturity of a player well beyond his years. Positionally astute and with the confidence to attempt passes in an offensive manner. Whether the centre-back could work in a back four system is yet to be seen. Considering his behavioural style to break out and close passes and runs down, it could leave side’s vulnerable. However, the Italian is hugely talented and looks to be going from strength to strength.
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This article was edited by Josh Barker.