Seeing primavera players go out on loan is nothing new. It’s not some kind of newfound idea that has suddenly been discovered as a way to develop players while still holding onto their contractural rights. Juventus does it, just like everybody else.
Along those same lines, we’ve seen some of Juve’s best youth team players of the last few years go out on loan after they appeared in the International Champions Cup this past summer in Australia and then Asia. Grigoris Kastanos is the next in line.
Kastanos, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder from Cyrpus became the latest of Juve’s talented youngsters to play in their youth setup over the last few years, as it was announced he has joined Serie A relegation battlers Pescara on loan until the end of the season. Already with six caps to his name with the Cyprus national team, Kastanos will get his first taste of senior team football after playing in Juventus’ youth academy for the past two and a half years.
Kastanos appeared in 14 games for Juventus’ primavera squad this season spanning over three different competitions — regular primavera competition, the Primavera Coppa Italia and the UEFA Youth League. He has two assists in those 14 appearances and totaled just over 1,000 minutes played this season.
Kastanos becomes the second Juventus-owned player to be signed on loan by the Delfini over the past three weeks, joining striker Alberto Cerri at Pescara, which currently sits at the bottom of the Serie A table with the second half of the season just underway.