The Stadio Castellani in Empoli has played host to one of the more intriguing young goalkeepers in Italy this season. While he may not have the name cachet or raw upside of a Mattia Perin or Marco Sportiello or Simone Scuffet, but 23 year old Luigi Sepe has been outperforming them all this season.
And the best part? He's a Napoli player.
Sepe has spent the season on loan, gaining valuable experience with Empoli, and he's certainly made the most of it. His efforts earned him a new contract earlier this season and has placed him firmly in the middle of the radar of those looking for up and coming talent in Europe. Sepe has made tremendous strides this season, and he has his eyes set even higher.
"It’s true I renewed my contract with Napoli, but it all depends on the conditions," Sepe told an Italian paper this weekend, speaking of his ambitions to start at the San Paolo. "If I have to go there and be third choice, then they can forget it."
If Napoli won't give him a chance to be a starter, he's apparently very willing to find someone who will give him that chance -- even if it's not in Italy. "My dream is the Premier League! I’ve had that dream since [...] I saw the movie Goal."
There are several teams in the Premier League who would be perfectly willing to give him that shot, and any team making the jump up from the Championship could do well by bringing in Sepe. But if Mariano Andujar wants to move on this summer and Napoli don't have faith in Rafael Cabral -- and there are strong indications that both things are true -- the partenopei could do a whole lot worse than putting Sepe in goal.