The run-up of Leonardo Semplici, The SPAL head coach is to the conquest of the third consecutive salvation in Serie A. This is the challenge every year that awaits their rival clubs. Among Gabriel and the others; there is Manuel lazzari, who spent last summer at Lazio after being one of the protagonists of their magnificent climb to the highest series. Gabriel Strefezza is one of the amazing prospects produced by SPAL this season, and he’s just 22 years old. 

Player profile | Gabriel Strefezza

Date of birth (age): April 18, 1997 

Place of birth: San Paolo 

Nationality: Brazil 

Other Nationalities: Italy 

Height: 168cm 

Current Club: SPAL 

Position: Right midfielder 

Preferred foot: Right 

Contract expires: 30.06.2022 

Who is Gabriel Strefezza? 

The boy born in São Paulo seems to have started in the best way his adaptation path to the Serie A. His adaptation was tested after his arrival in Italy in 2016, coming directly from the Corinthians nursery. Aggregated as out of quota at the Primavera led by Roberto Rossi, he has played the last two seasons on loan with the jerseys of Cremona before returning to the base. The idea was to pack quickly in search of minutes useful to accumulate experience. His motive was to have the strength to challenge in his race. 

What is Gabriel Strefezzas’ style of play? 

Strefezza is one of the most positive novelties proposed to his teammates in this first seasonal glimpse. He is very humble and controls the game, whether attacking or defending. Like most midfielders, Strefezza is concerned about the glory of his team and not his personal glory. When it comes to defending, he is very aware of his opposition movements in his box. He also shows a massive strength when it comes to attacking; positioning himself where he should be and finding his teammates with a pass. Such a special prospect, and we will not be surprised if he comes out as one of the best midfielders in Italy. 

What are Gabriel Strefezzas’ strengths? 

Strefezza is a player which does not possess a whole lot of physical explosiveness but certainly possesses a higher technical rate; a characteristic that could soon become a variant as effective and lethal. He is eclectic of nature, capable of merging different styles within a game. His movement off the ball is a joy to watch as he’s seen most times, anticipating the direction of the ball. He is one midfielder who gets past his markers with quick pace and dribbling abilities. He possesses some attacking abilities like: passing, crossing, vision, pace and stamina. The young Brazilian is determined in taking his game to the next level and with time, he will get offers from top teams in Europe.   

What are Gabriel Strefezzas’ Weaknesses? 

Standing at 168cm he is not such a contender with physical battles. His physique hinders him from contending in aerial battles as well. In defense; he is not too good when marking players. In situations where his team is under pressure, he seems lost and cannot help his team in the defense. Generally, Strefezza is a very good young player but there are areas where he lacks in the game. These areas can be improved as time goes by. He just needs the right mentors to help him improve his game. We are only sure he is moving in the right direction. 

Gabriel Strefezzas’ Stats Analysis: 

Current season (19/20)  

Gabriel Strefezza has appeared in around 11 matches in the Serie A. At just 22-years-of-age, he is showing to be developing a formidable talent within the SPAL line-up. He has not fully found his footing within the team; however, he is definitely a very impactful player.     

More on Current Season:

SPAL are not the club which are wildly known to developing talent, however, it is an exception for Gabriel Strefezza. Even though he is a rotational player at the moment, he still shows very good signs and traits; enough to make it to very high-level clubs. He has found his preferred position to be within the flanks. This allows for Gabriel Strefezza to provide much greater depth within the squad. Strefezza has shown that he is a very valuable asset for SPAL, his work ethic and discipline to succeed, translates perfectly on the pitch.  

General Career Analysis 

He has been a rotational player for quite a while in the past few years. Having played in Serie B and Serie C, he has gathered quite a whole lot of experience. Gabriel Strefezza struggled a whole lot when he was younger, and always fought back. He was released by Corinthians at 18 years to then move to SPAL a year later (Season 16/17) which they quickly loaned him out to Serie C side Juve Stabia. He played a mega season with the “giallo celesti” which attracted the interest of US Cremonese which took him in on loan. This translated to another good season full of experience in Serie B and further laying down a good path to this season. 

Gabriel came a very long way for the love of the game. He gave his all and is still giving. He will not be a Danilo or a Marcelo, however, Strefezza will surely become a very formidable and a staple player in the future.  

Transfer Analysis 

Gabriel Strefezza, as had an interesting transfer history which shows quite a lot. He has already switched a whole lot of clubs and moved overseas to pursue his dream without having penned the contract just yet.  

  • 15/16: Realeased from Corinthians 
  • 16/17: Signing for SPAL U/19 
  • 16/17: Signed a first team Contract with SPAL 
  • 17/18: Loaned out to Juve Stabia 
  • 18/19: Loaned out to Cremonese 

All of this at just 22-years of age. He has done a huge journey up till now, for us, this shows hunger and passion.  

Potential – Our view + Our predicted outcome 

Our View 

We definitely believe that Gabriel Strefezza on the right track. He is doing his absolute best day-in-day-out. Always showing up and trying his best to be there at the right place and at the right time. We could see that he is still developing, however, he breaths a lot of promise. His transfer analysis and General career analysis go well into detail why he is a very formidable talent. Having said that, this leads us well into next section, what will happen of Gabriel Strefezza? 

Predicted outcome 

As discussed, we believe that Gabriel Strefezza is already impressing. Where does this leave him? Will Gabriel Strefezza stay at SPAL? 

Future move – According to Performing Season – Realistic or Dream move. 

IMP NOTE: Market value goes hand in hand with the racked-up appearances on the field. 

Market Value – Forecasted Analysis 

In curtesy of the platform “transfermarkt”, Gabriel Strefezza  is currently evaluated at 1.5 mil as per on this date 19/12/2019 being when I am writing this analysis. We believe that he will go up to 2-2.5 million in the next market update. If by the end of 19/20 season he manages to rack up to 20 appearances (but very importantly – he must rack up the minutes), he would go up to 6 million in value.  

we will analyse how the value would react, according to the season. 

Average Season (approx. 7 appearances out of approx. 34): Value would be around 1.5 mil. 

Good Season (approx. 20 appearances out of approx. 34): Value would go up to around 6 mil. 

Very Good Season (all or nearly all the approx. 34 Matches): Value would go up to around 10 mil. 

Potential move

Will Gabriel Strefezza leave SPAL at the end of the 19/20 season? 
So, if he would have an: (19/20 season) 

Average Season (approx. 7 appearances out of approx. 34):  

  • Stay in Italy with SPAL 

Good Season (approx. 20 appearances out of approx. 34): 

  • Stay in Italy but move to Fiorentina or Sassuolo (on loan from Gabriel Strefezza’s new club – Inter) 
  • Stay in Italy with SPAL 

Very Good Season (all or nearly all the approx. 34 Matches) 

  • Stay in Italy but move to Napoli or Inter 

Our Prediction would be that he shall be having a Good season and Strefezza will be bought from Inter whilst on loan playing for Sassuolo next season. 

Summary – Our professional opinion 

We believe that Gabriel Strefezza is a very formidable player. Very versatile to say the very least. Strefezza is showing a whole lot of class on the flanks. We are sure that he will be making headlines in the future. He has got it all. He is hungry, disciplined and very, very motivated. We hope that he keeps pushing, but we know he will. A very good player to keep an eye on. Watch him as he grows, we will hear his name very soon.