VIDEO: Young striker coveted by Tottenham nets spectacular free-kick

Manolo Gabbiadini left his mark in a shock victory for Sampdoria away to Torino.

The 22-year-old has earned a reputation as one of Italy’s strikers of the future during his relatively brief career, highly-rated and battling for a spot in the senior Azzurri set-up.

Convinced of his talent early on, Juventus saw fit to purchase half of the hit man’s rights from Atalanta in August 2012, subsequently agreeing with the Orobici to send him to Bologna on loan.

Gabbiadini would net six times in the 2012-13 campaign for the Felsinei during his first season as a regular starter in Serie A to earn plaudits - and a trip to Israel for the Euro u-21 Championship.

It was during his time at the tournament - in which the youngster struck two goals as the Azzurrini battled to the final - that Tottenham Hotspur were credited with keen interest in his services.

A deal would’ve always been difficult for Spurs and Atalanta would go on to sell their 50% share to Sampdoria, with whom Gabbiadini has continued building his reputation this term.

And on the road against Torino on Sunday, the Blucerchiati front man wouldn’t be outdone by fellow World Cup hopeful Ciro Immobile, killing off the Granata late on with a stunning curling free-kick that secured a 2-0 result.

Gabbiadini’s strike at the Stadio Olimpico represents a career-high seventh goal this season on his 24th appearance for the Genoese outfit - arriving after four straight games without hitting the back of the net.

The Italian will be hoping that national team boss Cesare Prandelli has taken notice as competition for the Azzurri’s final spots in attack for Brazil remains rife for a slew of youngsters.

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