Last season while splitting time between Roma and Milan, Italian striker Mattia Destro found it difficult to replicate his splendid 2013-14 form. However, since Roberto Donadoni replaced Delio Rossi at the post of Bologna, the 24-year old has found his scoring touch once again.
After having a solid season in 2013-14 under the guidance of Rudi Garcia at Roma, things have been dicey for striker Mattia Destro. Since scoring 15 goals in twenty-four appearances two years ago, Destro has struggled to make the leap in his career as a prominent force up front. Prior to making a brief stop in Milan last January, the ex-Inter youth product fell out of form as he scored just eight goals in thirty-four appearances for the capital club. He was ousted when Garcia looked towards the mercato to help bolster the attack in hopes of dethroning Juventus for the Scudetto.
It wasn’t entirely the diminishing of minutes that was directly at fault for his slip in play, more so, it was his attitude and carelessness to stay fit. Milan, who were in dire need of reinforcement to salvage Inzaghi’s debut season, acquired the azzurri man on a short loan with an option to buy. Despite getting his fair share of minutes for the rossoneri, Destro struggled to find his form, grabbing a lowly 3 goals in fifteen matches. In his defense, he had little time to adjust to a vastly entire – and weaker – system, which was already dysfunctional, and Milan’s midfield unit was as poor as they come. Regardless, Destro could not take advantage of his stint, thus making it an easy decision for Milan to decline their option on him for this season.
After clinching Serie A football for the 2015-16 campaign with a play-off win in Italy’s’ junior circuit, manager Delio Rossi was in need of talent to keep the rossoblu afloat in the competitive top-flight. In August, the giallorossi decided to sever the ties with the former Siena forward, selling him to Bologna for an estimated fee of €8.5m, via transfermarkt.
At the time, the move fell under the radar. Players were swapping kits all summer mercato and Destro’s stock had been free-falling. However, fans of Italian calcio always kept him in the back of their minds, curious to see where his career would unfold.
Mattia Destro began 2015-16 the way he left off at the end of last season. In his first ten matches, Destro failed to score a single goal, which didn’t help Rossi’s cause as he was sacked at the end of October. In stepped Roberto Donadoni, who was the perfect man to help Destro break his funk.
Since Donadoni arrived to the post, we’ve seen a positive transformation in Destro’s game; Bologna’s as well. In 14 matches under the guidance of the former Parma boss, the striker has bagged an impressive eight goals, contributing to the resurgent run of his new club. His brace back in December’s 3-2 win at home over Scudetto contender Napoli led fans of the club to believe that, in time, Destro could be the clinical ace to lead the troops to a positive season.
Times were tough for Destro. He lost his spot with Roma who seemed like a long-term home for him, failed to settle in during his brief spell with Milan and also fell deeply down the pecking order for the national side under Antonio Conte. This season, however, Mattia Destro found new life to his young footballing career under Donadoni’s attacking 4-3-3 and together, it’s been all smiles in Bologna as they sit comfortably in 10th place.