21-year-old told he has a 'limitless future' after permanent Leeds exit in the summer
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21-year-old told he has a 'limitless future' after permanent Leeds exit in the summer

Elia Caprile left Leeds United in the summer on a permanent basis to join Serie B side Bari after an excellent loan spell away from Elland Road – and Antonio Di Gennaro claims he has a “limitless future”, after leaving Leeds.

Caprile, 21, spent two and a half years on the books at Leeds. Joining the club from Chievo in January 2020, he spent 18 months at Leeds – before going out on loan to third-tier Italian side Pro Patria for the 2021-22 season.

He impressed playing for the Under-21 side at Leeds. But his form in Italy was excellent, conceding just 46 goals in 39 games for Pro Patria and keeping 13 clean sheets. It has earned him a permanent move to second-tier side Bari.

Already, he has become first choice at Bari in a league that also contains Genoa, SPAL, Parma, Cagliari and Palermo. In 15 games, he has conceded only 16, keeping four clean sheets. He is earning rave reviews for his form at Bari.

Quoted by Italian outlet Tutto Bari, ex-Italy international Di Gennaro was full of praise. The former midfielder, who boasts Bari as well as Fiorentina and Verona on his CV, said Caprile has a limitless future following his start at Bari.

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“Usually, goalkeepers are a guarantee from 25. He is already safe, despite being in his first season in Serie B. His time at Leeds has greatly matured him. I see a limitless future for him,” Di Gennaio said, as per Tutto Bari.

Caprile has a limitless future after leaving Leeds

Caprile’s career has sprung forwards. Already at 21, he is playing as though he is in his late twenties. Much like our current no.1, Illan Meslier. His stunning start at Bari will have him earmarked as a future Serie A, and Italy goalkeeper.

Have Leeds made a mistake losing him? Well, he was clearly rated highly at Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa named him on the bench on numerous occasions. The Whites still have Kristoffer Klaesson, and have brought in veteran Joel Robles.

Ultimately, Caprile has needed to play in order to realise his potential. He was never going to overtake Meslier, who continues to be the first name on the team sheet at Elland Road. But he could grow to be just as good as Meslier.

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