Patience is a virtue and in the case of Federico Bonazzoli that is more than true. I started my tenure at Sampdoria in the summer of 2016 right after the start of pre-season and Bonazzoli had spent the season at Vitrus Lanciano bagging 22 goals, 3 assist and a solid 7.05 average in 38 Serie B games. Pretty promising stuff for a 18-year old product of Internazionale who was signed with 4.5m in february of 2015.
Bonazzoli made his Serie A debut as the second youngest player in Serie A (17 days older than Massimo Pellegrini) in the age of 16 against Chievo Verona. His U21 debut was the 1-0 loss to Denmark on 17th of November 2014 and he was the youngest player to make his debut during that time. He eventually played 9 times for Nerrazzuri before switching on to Sampdoria on the summer of 2015 having played rest of the season with Inter on loan.
When I was assessing my team at the start of july in 2016 his impressive stats from previous season in Serie B caught my eye and I really needed to sit down to think about how we should proceed with this up and coming striker in my team.
Already fielding quite amount of proven strikers in my ranks and him playing a cracking season in Serie B, there was no other plausible option but to loan him to a first tier league somewhere in europe where he could get first team minutes and would further continue his development as a Serie A striker for the future. He was passed out as available for loan and also offered to clubs that might have been interested on his services as a first team regular. Eventually one team was singled out from the rest and Bonazzoli backed his bags and moved to Lower-Normandy to play for SM Caen. He did make steady progress during 2016/17 season in France. Posting out 12 goals, 1 assist and 7.01 average in 33 games and was projected to enter first team in the coming season of 2017/18.