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‘Okoli Has Grown, Ready For Serie A Action’ –Toloi Thumbs Up Atalanta Youngster

‘Okoli Has Grown, Ready For Serie A Action’ –Toloi Thumbs Up Atalanta Youngster

Atalanta defender and captain, Rafael Toloi, believes Italian-born Nigerian defender Caleb Okoli has developed well and is ready for the Serie A action for the club in the new season.

The 21 year old Okoli, a centre-back, joined the Atalanta academy in 2015.

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He was loaned to SPAL in the 2019/20 season in the Serie B and he spent last season with Cremonese also in the Serie B,although Cremonese have been promoted to the Serie A this season.

Okoli has since joined up with the rest of Atalanta senior squad. He was impressive in Atalanta’s preseason friendlies against Valencia and Newcastle United.

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Chris Wood’s penalty gave Newcastle United a 1-0 win over Atalanta. Valencia defeated Atalanta 2-1 with Hugo Duro scoring a brace, while Ederson scored Atalanta’s consolatory goal.

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In an interview with Tuttoatalanta.com Toloi assesed Okoli’s growth and readiness to play in Serie A.

“He is very strong physically,” Toloi said.

“He has grown a lot and I find him ready and in the matches against Valencia and Newcastle he has shown that he can be there.”

Okoli has played for Italy at the U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels. He is eligible to represent the Nigeria at senior international level due to his parentage.

Okoli recorded one assist in 27 Serie B games for Cremonese last season.

Atalanta finished eighth in the Serie A last season with 59 points from 38 games.

By Toju Sote

 

 

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  • MONKEY POST 4 months ago

    OKOLI pass me the KPOLI…..

    LMFAO!!!

     
  • Okoli played really well today in the sampdoria match and almost got on the scoresheet…….he is a very strong central defender who can improve and develop……SE’s central defence is a department that needs fresh blood……We should gradually start moving away from the old brigade (Ekong,balogun,omeruo,awaziem,ajayi,etc) because they are mostly no longer playing top level football…….Okoli,Bassey,Akpoguma,Adarabioyo should be given a try because they are still playing top level football at the moment……I know Okoli and Adarabioyo will need a switch but that can easily be arranged if we show them that we really need them and that they will get a chance if they switch……. just thinking aloud.