when it comes to making great strikers the Italians know what they are doing. from the likes of Pipo Inzaghi, Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero and so many more. in 2008 Inter thought they had found the next best when a young Mattia Destro dominated the youth leagues. in 2 seasons with the Inter Milan U19 team he scored 30 goals in 38 starts. the goals were flowing for the youngster who was tipped to be the ‘next Inzaghi’ who was not only scoring domestically but internationally aswell and Destro scored 5 goals in 9 games for the Italy U17 National team. Interest for the youngster was growing rapidly and he was attracting peoples attention from all over Europe.
in 2010 Inter brought Andrea Rannochia from Genoa as part of an exchange deal. the player that Genoa received in return was the Young Destro to provide a back up option for Luca Toni. Mattia Destro’s first match for Genoa was on the 12th of September 2010 when the Italian replaced the injured Luca Toni. Destro managed to score 6 minutes into his first professional match. unfortunately for him he was dropped the next game and then was ruled out for 4 weeks due to injury which was a huge blow for the young talent. during that season Mattia made a handful of appearances coming from the bench and only managed to score 2 in 16. however he did only have 5 starts. in the cup he managed to score 1 goal in 1 start.
In his next season Destro left Genoa to join Serie A newcomers Siena to get some much needed game time. Mattia scored on his debut for the side in a 3-0 victory over Lecce. The youngster would then go onto score 12 goals in 30 appearances. Destro’s good form granted him a move to Roma but Destro did not get a great amount of starts he was looking for.
By the end of his first season Mattia Destro finished with 6 goals in 11 starts and scored 5 in 5 in the Copa Italia, which meant he finished as the cups top goalscorer that year. His loan move at Roma would turn into a permanent one as the Italian Side who narrowly missed out on a European place brought the then 22 year old for a fee believed to have been in the region of €4m and this is where His career would hit the heights.
In his second season with Roma Destro scored 13 goals in 14 starts which lead to Roma to a champions league spot and he ended the season as Roma’s top scorer. This run of great form attracted attention from all over Europe, teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and many many more. His form also lead him into Italy’s 30 man provisional squad for the world cup but sadly he was eventually cut from the team.
Next season saw Destro struggle to get starts and ultimately meant a drop in his form. For Roma Destro started 8 games and only scored 5. In January Destro was subsequently sent out on loan to AC Milan but sadly did not find the form from the previous year. In 15 matches he scored just 3.
In the summer of 2015 Destro was finally sold by Roma to Bologna for a fee of €8m and this way see as the move that would revitalise his goalscoring form. Unfortunately under Delio Rossi Destro just couldnt find the back of the net and it took him 10 games to score. His first goal came under new manager Roberto Donadoni against Atalanta in a 3-0 win. Donadoni knew how to get the best out of the very clinical Italian and Destro scored some vital goals in helping Bologna avoid relegation. Under Donadoni, Destro scored 8 goals in 17 games before being ruled out for the rest of the season with a fractured finger.
So far this season Destro kept up the goalscoring form and has scored 3 goals in 6 games. Sadly Destro was ruled out with injury again yet again for 4 weeks and is expected to be back this week for the game against hid former Side Roma. If Destro can keep up the form he started the season with there is no doubt that he will go into double figures with his scoring ability.
Mattia Destro is undoubtedly one of the most clinical finisher in Italy. He has a career average shot accuracy of 59% which is more than other Italian internationals. If he gets a chance inside the box it is almost guaranteed he will score. His high amount of pace and great attacking awareness makes him a threat against any defender.
With the positives there is always the negatives and Mattia Destro has some aspects that need sharpening. Although Destro is a danger to defences it is sometimes a rare occurrence due to him being very inconsistent. He can go from one game being a handful and scoring to being completely useless. His passing could also do with some improving.
Still only 25 there is no doubt that Destro will only get better and better and we could see him replicate his old form. Hopefully one day we may see him banging in goals in the premier league but that will be in due time.