Rumours abound that recent loan signing from Cagliari to Pescara, 19 year old Dario del Fabro, has signed for Leeds United with only the medical to pass. In what could be a hectic pre-transfer deadline weekend, this signing (on top of the reported finalisation of the Adryan Tavares saga) represents a busy Friday for the ‘Whites’. The thing is, when most Leeds fans see the word ‘del’ they think of two things: Trotter or Piero. Which one are Leeds getting?

14/15 Season

  • 120 minutes of Copa Italia action with Pescara

13/14 Season

  • 270 minutes of Serie A action with Cagliari
  • 665 minutes of Primavera B (youth/U20) action with Cagliari

12/13 Season

  • 152 minutes of Serie A action with Cagliari
  • 1440 minutes (1 goal) of Primavera A (youth /U20) action with Cagliari
  • 180 minutes of Copa Italia action wih Cagliari

11/12 Season

  • 810 minutes of Primavera A action with Cagliari

In total del Fabro has made 36 appearances for Cagliari’s U20 team, 8 appearances for Cagliari’s first team and 1 appearance for Pescara whilst on loan this season. He has also represented Italy at all levels from U16 to U19 (U17, 390 minutes; U18 269 minutes and U19 177 minutes).

There’s no doubt that he is obviously well thought of in Italy; you don’t get to represent your country if you are a mug with no ability but is he what Leeds United need. By that I mean a relatively untried centreback with very little experience. There’s a whole world of difference between the ‘tika taka toe poke’ of Italian football and the clattering intensity of a full-bloodied Championship game with 25,000 baying fans in a hellish bear pit of an arena.


6 Responses

  1. Dr Zen

    Seriously, people need to stop thinking that playing for a national representative side at youth level means anything. Most U17 players don’t even make it to professional careers.

    This sounds like just another lottery ticket. Will he do well? Probably not. Most of them aren’t going to.

    • TexasBob

      Lets remember your comment Zen and come back to it in a few months time, im pretty sure at least 5 players will be fairly successful. Del Fabro is extremely highly rated in Italy despite your jaundice

    • JDC

      You’re right Dr, a large number don’t make it but Leeds have a reputation for developing some young talent that do … Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Jonny Howson, Alan Smith, Harry Kewell from a long list. Ltes welcome del Fabro and help him to be one of the success stories, you never know, Leeds United might just get something out of it as well.

  2. JDC

    The question has to be … will Lewis Cook develop from being a 17 year old with potential into a top notch player? Nobody knows the answer to that but if he is correctly nurtured and coached, he has the World at his feet … Cellino and Salerno clearly think they have the tools to develop Mario del Fabro and, if they are right then Leeds United may just be the recipients of a new jewel in their crown.

  3. henrymouni

    The international break has come at the right time for us, with all the new players!

  4. Downunder Al

    The sentiments in this article are reasonable conclusions, however it’s still preferable to the recruitment of proven loan duds of recent times…. Kebe anyone? …. Billy Paynter maybe?


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