Aston Villa sold goalkeeper Gollini to Serie A outfit Atalanta at a £500,000 loss after just 20 Championship games.

Aston Villa fans really didn’t see the best of Pierluigi Gollini.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper was viewed by some as the heir to Gianluigi Buffon in Italy when he joined Aston Villa from Hellas Verona in 2016, the Championship outfit paying £4.25 million for one of the most exciting young shot-stoppers anywhere in European football, as reported by The Mail.

Just 20 league games later, however, Gollini was gone – eventually sold to Atalanta at a £500,000 loss according to the BBC.

Now, many Aston Villa fans were quick to write off a goalkeeper who quickly fell out of favour once Steve Bruce took over with his inability to command the penalty area holding him back in the brutal environment of Championship football.

But, at the age of just 24, Gollini still has plenty of time on his side and the signs suggest that he is finally starting to live up to his undoubted potential.

The Italian has been Atalanta’s undisputed number one in recent weeks and he produced arguably the game of his life in Sunday’s goalless draw away at Inter Milan.

Gollini made a series of impressive stops as Atalanta kept an Inter side boosted by Mauro Icardi’s return off the scoresheet at the San Siro. With Orjan Nyland and Lovre Kalinic struggling in between the sticks at Aston Villa, maybe they were a little quick to give up on Gollini.

 

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