Antonio Conte will utilise the young players on his roster at Inter Milan no matter their age so long as they can do the job.
17 Year Old Esposito made an impressive 28-minute Champions League debut for Inter Milan against Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster was given the nod to come on as a striker ahead of others considered to be more senior.
Antonio Conte has a very rigid plan for his strike force, and those that can deliver his idea on the field will play.
In an interview reported by Football Italia, if that happens to be a 17-year-old so be it.
“In attack, we started out with very specific ideas.”
“We knew we had three attackers with certain characteristics in Lukaku, Sanchez, and Lautaro.”
“While Politano has characteristics not exactly suited to a striker, but he’d already played as one at Sassuolo.”
“I ask for certain movements from my forwards.”
“Esposito was the fifth choice, so from this point of view, we were calm.”
“Since then, Sanchez’s injury has been a considerable loss for us.”
“But we’ve cleared Esposito, who’d already done well over the summer.”
Conte is not ruling out bringing in further reinforcements, but he has used younger talent before and will do again if they can do the job.
“I’ll make market assessments with the club.”
“I gave Pogba his debut just two months in and he was 18 years old.”
“For me, young players are an added value, but they must give guarantees – and Esposito and Bastoni do for me.”
The fact that both the aforementioned players are Italians too only goes further to support the ethos and philosophy that is trying to be built at the club.
“The club’s objective is to focus on strong and reliable players, first and foremost.”
“After that, it’s inevitable that Italian players provide you with immediate guarantees.”
“They know our way of working. Us Italians are much more picky, tactical and work in more detail than they do abroad.”
“For this, it’s important that we have an Italian spirit.”
The post-Neymar transfer market prices, appear to be pushing many clubs to put a new focus on thier youth policy.
Some like Inter, Chelsea and Manchester United are using them to bolster and even build their first-team squad.
Others like Ajax and Monaco use it as a cash machine.
Academy players are becoming more and more influential on top-level football.
It’s clear to see why even the likes of Barcelona are revamping that area of the club.