The transfer window is fast approaching its conclusion, and it’s a crucial time for Serie A club Atalanta, both on the incoming and outgoing front. The situation surrounding Jordan James has the club currently on stand-by, with the black-azurri ready to make their next move. However, the scenario in defence is of particular concern, specifically related to Argentine centre-back José Palomino.
The Argentine seems to be on the peripheral of the squad, only garnering 42 minutes of playing time at an average of 14 minutes per appearance. He has been deployed late during games without being able to make an impactful difference, as though he has never been a part of this Atalanta side.
This is an understandable situation considering Palomino’s age, recent performances, and the generational change that Atalanta is implementing. While experience has its merits, ongoing physical issues tend to blur its positive impacts. The injury to Hien has undeniably disrupted the balance of the squad numerically. However, assuming a probable Palomino sale (with Cagliari surfacing as a potential suitor in recent hours), should Atalanta bring in a new defender?
One potential solution could be incorporating a young talent like Bonfanti, in line with the primary objective of the Under-23 squad – promoting youth to the senior team especially in times of need. Apart from Palomino, Atalanta already has five defenders plus Marten de Roon who has been modified to play in the backline.
Come June, the squad will need substantial restructuring with more time available to rebuild the defence. However, in the short term, any decision regarding incoming transfers will largely depend on the choices made by manager Gian Piero Gasperini. If not, the club will have to trust his judgement, hoping it leans more towards onfield results rather than just medical reports.