Who is Roma’s latest homegrown debutant?
Another off the production line...
Born in Rome on 11 March 1999, Mirko Antonucci joined the Giallorossi academy as an 11-year-old. Predominantly a wide forward, the right footer has often been used in a more central role after graduating to the Under-19 side.
In his junior career with the club he has won three age group league titles - including one with the Primavera - and three national cups.
His first goal for the Primavera came against Sassuolo last season.
At the start of this season he went on the first team’s pre-season tour of America, and was increasingly asked to join in first team training as the new campaign got underway.
Earlier in the season he scored in the UEFA Youth League against Qarabag
The 18-year-old also started Roma’s friendly against Chapecoense in September ... and scored twice.
Alberto De Rossi on Antonucci
“Thanks in part to [Eusebio] Di Francesco’s intuition, we have found Antonucci can play well through the middle too. “With his movement on the ball and off it being like that of a top player, he always adds a threat to the attack.”
On Wednesday, Antonucci made his senior debut for Roma, against Sampdoria
He went on to provide the assist for Edin Dzeko’s equaliser
Speaking after the game, Antonucci said:
“It was a great feeling to make my debut. I dedicate the assist to my family. “I will continue to work hard, though, this is just the starting point for me.”