Growing up watching Italian football, Andrea Pirlo was always my favorite player. His touch was magnificent and you’ve just never seen someone that calm with the ball at their foot. Brescia’s Sandro Tonali may be the second coming of Andrea Pirlo. While he has said it is Gattuso’s style of play that he idolizes, the world cannot stop comparing Sandro Tonali and Andrea Pirlo.
Born in 2000, the 19 year old midfielder is a very exceptional player. His style and grace on the ball, use of both feet and his passing are all signs of him reaching great heights in football, and at such a young age. Tonali is set for a move out of Brescia, who have just recently been promoted back into Serie A after missing out on top flight calcio for eight seasons straight. He has stated that he wants to stay to play in Italy.
Tonali plays as a regista, lying deep in the central midfield and winning the ball back for his team and playing it out with elegance. This position requires a player to be sharp and quick while reading the game and playing with creativity, occasionally sending balls that the opposition wouldn’t even think about at that moment. Sandro will almost always play the correct pass and never put his teammates in a hole, just keeping the flow of play constantly moving correctly.
Many players try to achieve this, but many fail. For example, new Chelsea man Jorginho tries to play this simple game, but almost over complicates how simple he is supposed to be playing. Players like Tonali have a sixth sense to look at all of his options and make the correct pass in a split second, almost every single time.
As an Italian football fan and a fan of the national team, I would love to see Tonali playing his trade in Italy for as long as possible and I can definitely see him being a vital part of the national team and a star in Serie A. From interviews and his Instagram, you can tell that Tonali is a humble kid, he enjoys playing football and seems to have a very good attitude towards the game, which is probably one of the reasons why he was selected to play for Italy’s senior team at such a young age and also playing in Serie B at the time of his call up.
All in all, I’m very excited for Tonali to really solidify his name in Serie A and with the national team. Now the question is, where will he go now that he has helped bring Brescia to the top flight of Italian football?