For the second consecutive summer, Juventus goalkeeper Nicola Leali will be heading out on loan to one of Serie A's newest teams. Last season it was Cesena, this time it's Frosinone, as the young keeper has been sent out on loan once again, Juventus announced on Monday afternoon.
Nicola Leali will spend the 2015/16 campaign with newly promoted Frosinone after agreeing terms on a season-long loan deal.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper, who featured for Cesena last term, will now join up with the Canarini for their pre-season preparations.
Leali, once probably unfairly deemed 'The Next Gigi Buffon' as the most talented young Italian goalkeepers are, appeared in 28 games with Cesena this past season. And, like a lot of young goalkeepers experience, there were both ups and downs and battles with inconsistencies throughout the season.
All told, Leali made 90 saves in the 2014-15 season for the recently-relegated side, Unsurprisingly, all those shots on target Leali faced — 135 in 2,480 minutes played — is more on Cesena's quality on defense than the man who is trying to save them in goal, and as a result, the 22-year-old goalkeeper recorded just three clean sheets all season.
However, it's not like last season at Cesena was a total wash. Let there be highlight video!
As you can see, there are some pretty solid saves in there. Not every goalkeeper progresses in the same kind of way. And let us not forget, Nicola Leali is just 22 years old. There might be more competition now that Neto, 25 years old, has joined the club, but it's not like Juve have thrown in the towel when it comes to Leali being part of their future.
So let's hope Leali enjoys a productive season at Frosinone and maybe, just maybe, faces a few less shots along the way. I'm sure he'd be pretty okay with that.