Inter Milan-owned goalkeeper Filip Stankovic has become vital for Sampdoria after a rough start to his season on loan.
Today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews, noting a key save against Parma over the weekend.
Stankovic joined Sampdoria on loan during the summer.
The 21-year-old spent the last two campaigns on loan at Dutch club Volendam. This summer, he rejoined Simone Inzaghi’s ranks for pre-season.
The young custodian impressed in some of the recent friendlies, prompting talks of a permanent squad role.
So while Audero arrived from Sampdoria to serve as Sommer’s understudy, Stankovic moved in the opposition direction, albeit in a separate transfer.
The Blucerchiati have put their faith in Stankovic to help them straight back to Serie A after last season’s relegation.
Sampdoria are aiming for an ambitious season under new coach Andrea Pirlo.
Filip Stankovic Finds His Feet At Sampdoria After Difficult Start
Sampdoria’s start to the season has, to put it mildly, not lived up to early expectations.
The Ligurian team currently sit sixteenth in the table. They have taken just three points so far, and haven’t won a single match in the league.
Sampdoria are already eleven points adrift of league leaders Parma.
And the start to the season was not individually a good one for Stankovic either.
The Serb, who is the son of Inter and Lazio legend Dejan Stankovic, made some costly errors as the Blucerchiati dropped points.
But Sampdoria coach Pirlo has continued to put his trust in the young keeper.
And Stankovic has repaid that faith. The Inter-owned keeper has put in some excellent performances, particularly against leaders Parma.
A spectacular late save on Parma forward Adrian Benedyczak virtually saved a point in a key early clash on Sunday.
Now, with Stankovic finding form, Sampdoria could hope to finally start climbing the table.