MK DONS Director of Youth Mike Dove has spoken very highly of Giorgio Rasulo after the 15-year-old hot-shot enjoyed the sort of week that most young footballers can only dream about.
While fellow young star Dele Alli took the headlines for starting and scoring in Dons’ FA Cup first round replay win against Cambridge City, Rasulo also made a big impact as he enjoyed his first 25 minutes of senior football late in the game.
But the talented young striker’s big week didn’t stop there as the following day brought a call-up to the England U16 squad ahead of their Sky Sports Victory Shield match against Scotland later this month.
And to make it a memorable hat-trick of achievements, Rasulo then scored twice for Dons’ U18s in their FA Youth Cup match against Stevenage at stadium:mk on Saturday.
Although Dove’s youngsters lost that second round tie 6-2, there were plenty of positives to take from the game, including the two superbly taken goals from Rasulo, and other standout performances from the likes of Jon Osae.
Dove said: “For Giorgio, individually, he’s had another great week. When he looks back at an England call-up, two goals in the FA Youth Cup, and getting on with the first-team, that’s not bad going. And he’s 15-years-old.
“When you get older and write your book, that’s great stuff.
“There were some good individual performances. I thought Jon Osae did well on the left, particularly in the first half, and Dele Alli showed some moments of technical excellence, but we made some mistakes and they scored.
“With Giorgio you have to remember that he’s just 15 and I’m in the business of development. It’s great to have a run in the cup and these occasions show a different side of these players that you might not see at Woughton on a Saturday morning. I learned a lot about different players.”
Rasulo will be back in action at stadium:mk on Wednesday, December 5 when Dons’ U16s take on their Arsenal counterparts in the newly-named Gwen and Jim Mann Challenge Cup.
In the past two years fans have turned out in their thousands to see the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and most recently Manchester City take on the Dons youngsters, and tickets for the game cost just £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.