Biography of Lorenzo Insigne – The Little big man of Naples

Biography of Lorenzo Insigne - The Little big man of Naples

The biography of Lorenzo Insigne will give you a detailed composed piece about the early life of the Italian precise winger of Napoli and how he has performed both at the country and club level in his career so far.

Early Life and Career

Lorenzo Insigne was born in June 1991 in Italy and began his football journey with Olympia Sant’Arpino as his boyhood club before officially moving to Napoli in 2006. It was said that the attacker didn’t enjoy being an academic student that much and decided to follow a different path which was football in Italy.

In 2006 Napoli brought the winger at a very young age for a fee of 1,500 pounds and placed him with the reserves where he scored 15 goals and showing promising talent to play at top flight football. He was promoted to the senior team however by Roberto Donadoni by playing in some pre-season games and friendlies,but officially made his first senior team debut under the management of the famous Walter Mazzari in 2010. Insigne couldn’t fight his way into the first team anyways and it led him to go on his first loan at Cavese in Lega pro prima Divisone where he made a few appearances.

The next season saw him off on loan to Foggia in the same Lega Divisone where he scored a total of 26 goals. 19 goals for the league in Lega Divisone and 7 goals in the Coppa Italia Lega pro. He proved a whole lot for Foggia and showed he had a what it takes to be one of the good wingers in Italy.

The season after Foggia , he was sent to another loan spell at Pescara in Seria B in 2011 under the management of Zdenek Zeman. He payed with the likes of Ciro Immobile and Marco Verratti who plays for PSG currently. Lorenzo Insigne finished the season with a fantastic season and a goal record of 18 goals and 14 assists as the second top scorer behind his teammate Ciro Immobile.

He won the best player award with Pescara in the Serie B that season.

Lorenzo Insigne returned to Napoli in 2012 and was fully a part of the team with the likes of Edinson Cavani , Gokhan Inler, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Goran Pandev, Eduardo Vargas, Omar Kaddouri and the undisputed Marek Hamsik. He was one of the essential players in Walter Mazarri’s team. Of course Insigne had a hurdle of inury problems, conditioning and form ,but always gave his all for Napoli.

He was also wanted by top clubs all over europe as well like Liverpool, Juventus, Inter Milan etc, Pledging his unwavering allegiance to Napoli. He has ever since then been a huge part of the clubs progress till date. Most critics says he cant perform consistently due to his small size of a man, but on and on he proves them wrong.

Lorenzo Insigne also has his fair share in the Italian national team. He was called up to the country’s team in 2014 for the world cup in Brazil by Cesare Prandelli and also for the Euro in 2016 by Antonio Conte. Though wasn’t a first-team player due to the traditional 3-5-2 formation of the manager which didn’t give room for wide attacking style for natural wingers. Italy were ousted in Euro 2016.

The Italians couldn’t qualify for the 2018 world cup in Russia under the management of Gian Piero Ventura but made it to the Euro 2020 under Roberto Mancini which was won by Italy and Insigne being a threat to opposition teams from the left wing and scored 3 goals in the tournament.

With the likes of Federico Chiesa ,Domenico Beradi and Ciro Immobile upfront, Italy conquered while beating England in the competition finals and became victors. Since returning to Napoli in 2012, Lorenzo Insigne has scored 86 goals in 316 appearances for the club and 10 goals in 53 caps for the Italian national team.

Style of Play

Lorenzo Insigne is a dominant right footed winger who operates better from the left wing due to his ability to beat defenders on a one on one take on and has accurate shot power and curling technicality from outside the penalty box.

He posses speed , technique, work rate and team work characteristics to play. He can operate also from the center of the attack as a free role player as well due to his vision to read the game and his passing prowess to link up teammates in the attack on the counter and high pressing style. Insigne is regarded as a tactical winger who switches to any side of the flanks and can play behind the striker to get a good hold of loose balls and rebounds.

Lacking physicality and the height to battle for areal duels which seems to be his obvious flaw as a winger, he has the energy and tenacity to recover the ball and make take on to the opposition attack and crediting his style of play to emulating the daring Alessandro Del Piero of Italy. As efficient and effective as he is in attack, he has incredible eye for goal and strength to keep going.

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His bullet shooting ability is often questioned because he doesn’t look like the rocket he pulls from his feet when shooting for goal and which is why he is called the “little big man” because his size and his output is fascinating to see. Lorenzo Insigne is one of the above average wingers of Europe currently and seems to keep playing for Naples for a longer period.

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