After a year spent battling against relegation with Hull City last season, it’s was a bit of a surprise to see Ola Aina make the move to Serie A to join Torino this year.
The defender has huge talent, without doubt, and we’ve always seen top tier potential in him, but it’s still a big jump.
It’s meant a jump in the calibre of opposition he’s facing, and clearly Ola’s enjoying that.
His Instagram post today had the caption simply “buongiorno”, but the content of the picture was what mattered: Aina battling for the ball with Mauro Icardi, one of the world’s most feared number 9s.
It’s certainly an upgrade from losing 3-0 at Burton Albion or whatever he was doing this time last year.
He’s already receiving compliments from his new boss Walter Mazzari, and having impressed against Inter in his first start, he will hopefully be getting plenty more chances in the coming weeks.