Mattia Destro possesses an enormous talent—albeit one that's yet to be consistently realised for club or country.
The 22-year-old has had a difficult time since making a high-profile move to Roma last season. He was expected to shine for the Giallorossi, but he failed to settle into Zdenek Zeman's side. Erik Lamela and the ever-green Francesco Totti outperformed him.
Then injury struck, and after that, controversy. Destro's injury seemed to have passed only to flare up during a spell with the Under 21 Italy side. Some blamed the medical staff, while others blamed the player, but whoever was at fault, Destro could have done without the drama. The lacklustre start to his Roma career following an expensive move, coupled with being tagged as Italy's next great striker, was enough pressure for a young player without adding more commotion.
The fact is that even without impressing too many fans or pundits, Destro managed seven league goals for the Giallorossi in a disastrous season for the club. Those goals came on the back of the 12 he scored for struggling Siena the year before—more than anyone had managed at his age since 1971, when Roberto Bettega was getting started at Juventus.
Destro's recent return to action against Fiorentina showed him at his best. It took him a little more than five minutes to find the back of the net and secure a win for Rudi Garcia's side that was looking increasingly unlikely. If he can stay on track, he'll be a central part of the plans at Roma and for Italy.