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Nicolò Rovella: Profile, Expert Analysis, Tactical Overview & Video

STADIO LUIGI FERRARIS, GENOA, ITALY - 2020/07/25: Nicolo Rovella of Genoa CFC gestures during the Serie A football match between Genoa CFC and FC Internazionale. FC Internazionale won 3-0 over Genoa CFC. (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Nicolò Rovella: Profile

Name: Nicolò Rovella

Date of birth: December 4, 2001

Nationality: Italy

Position: Defensive Midfield

Height: 1.

83m

Nicolò Rovella: Introduction

Juventus have a habit of picking up some of the best young Italian talent in their country. Often prying them away from some of the smaller Italian sides and then loaning them back to get regular and valuable experience. This is the case for Genoa product Nicolò Rovella, a defensive midfielder with huge potential acquired by the Bianconeri.

Nicolò Rovella: Background

Rovella has been regarded as one of the brightest Italian talents within Serie A. Juventus, in the January window of 2021, agreed a deal to sign the 19-year-old from Genoa for a fee of around €10 million with him returning on loan.

Set to remain at Genoa until the end of the 2020/21 season, Rovella spoke of the importance of regular game time.

“My future is at Genoa, because I still need to improve, and it takes time,” the midfielder said. “I want to play on a regular basis with Genoa and complete a campaign where I am also given the chance to make mistakes. I can only correct my mistakes by playing.”

He has also spoken about how Luka Modric is a role model of his as he aims to emulate the Real Madrid midfielder.

“You always have the feeling something can happen when he has the ball,” Rovella said. “In my opinion, the best three midfielders are him, Thiago Alcantara and Barella.”

Having come through the Italian youth sides, Rovella will have his sights set on the senior national team. His main competition is the highly-rated 23-year-old Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli and AC Milan’s 20-year-old Sandro Tonali.

Expert insight on Nicolò Rovella

101 spoke to Football Italia correspondent and Gentleman Ultra creator Rich Hall.

“There was a reason that Juventus decided to spend €9 million on Nicolo Rovella. The regista from Segrate had put himself on the radar playing for Genoa’s Primavera side and the Turin giants made sure that they would not miss out on his signature. They loaned him back to the ‘Grifone’ so he could continue his development but they will be very keen to add him back to their midfield as soon as he has more games under his belt.

He may have only played a limited number of games in Serie A and the Coppa Italia but this deep lying midfielder is highly-rated and his development keenly watched by all on the peninsula. So highly-rated he is, that on his debut many marvelled at the fact he was immediately put on free kick duty ahead of some of his more experienced colleagues. He has represented Italy at Under-21 level, having also represented the Azzurri at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19’s.

He came through the Genoa youth side under the guidance of Luigi Chiappino. He is a man capable of playing all over the midfield and looks equally exciting when playing in a defensive role or in the attacking half of the pitch. In Genoa’s 4-3-1-2, he mostly lines up as a ‘regista’ (deep lying playmaker) and in stint in the first team has shown star quality. His passing range is certainly something to behold and his diagonal balls to his teammates who run off the shoulder of the defenders are as deadly as they are appreciated.

This is not just a midfielder who breaks up the play but begins transitions in play (which in itself is impressive), this is a midfielder who is a metronome and has the intelligence and the maturity to dictate the pace of a game. He is certainly one to watch out for and could be one of Italy’s main highlights in the midfield for years to come.” 

Tactical Overview of Nicolò Rovella

Rovella is a deeper positioned midfielder who reads the game excellently. He moves into spaces to intercept passes and try to tackle his opponent’s whilst always maintaining the mentality of once winning the ball moving into spaces whereby his side can then attack.

In the below examples not only does Rovella win his tackles but he also moves the ball on into advantageous positions where possible.

The interchange by Sassuolo is read by Rovella.

The interchange by Sassuolo is read by Rovella.

Rovella moves in to intercept and time his challenge to then play the pass to a teammate.

Rovella moves in to intercept and time his challenge to then play the pass to a teammate.

Reading the header from the Lazio midfielder, Rovella moves to intercept.

Reading the header from the Lazio midfielder, Rovella moves to intercept.

Having taken the ball, Rovella moves forward before spotting a run of his wide teammate. Finding him with a deft clipped ball.

Having taken the ball, Rovella moves forward before spotting a run of his wide teammate. Finding him with a deftly clipped ball.

The pass into the middle is chased by Rovella but he cannot reach his target.

The pass into the middle is chased by Rovella but he cannot reach his target.

However, his tenacity is rewarded as he reads the return pass and intercepts.

However, his tenacity is rewarded as he reads the return pass and intercepts.

A deeper midfielder needs to have the passing ability to spot opportunities to switch play and find dangerous positions of the pitch to play balls into. Often found on the edge of the 6-yard box when the ball is played out, his reading of the game means that he can spot where the ball may drop and then play it into spaces that can be dangerous for his side and threatening for the opposition.

Spraying the ball accurately from one side of the pitch to the other, Rovella looks for his teammates in space.

Spraying the ball accurately from one side of the pitch to the other, Rovella looks for his teammates in space.

Lingering on the edge of the box, Rovella picks up the ball and curls an accurate pass into a dangerous area.

Lingering on the edge of the box, Rovella picks up the ball and curls an accurate pass into a dangerous area.

Again, outside the box for Italy's under-21s, Rovella curls a dangerous ball into the back post.

Again, outside the box for Italy’s under-21s, Rovella curls a dangerous ball into the back post.

His movement when on the ball is also impressive. he can take the ball forward and beat opposition players to set up combination play with teammates.

Seeing the space and his teammate under pressure, Rovella moves to receive the ball.

Seeing the space and his teammate under pressure, Rovella moves to receive the ball.

Rovella then beats a man and progresses down the left flank.

Rovella then beats a man and progresses down the left flank.

Then spotting the opportunity, Rovella plays a one-two and sprints into the space for a crossing opportunity.

Then spotting the opportunity, Rovella plays a one-two and sprints into the space for a crossing opportunity.

Mobility, accuracy and a fantastic reading of the game on such a young head has shown a growth of maturity throughout Rovella’s performances. It is unsurprising to see that Juventus have moved to secure the services of Rovella considering the level of quality in which he displays on a regular occasion.

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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