MALTESE YOUNGSTER RASHED AL-TUMI IMPRESSING FOR PALERMO

Palermo are arguably one of the biggest clubs in the Italian Serie B alongside the likes of Hellas Verona and U.S. Lecce.

The Eagles are currently second in the Serie B table, just two points off the top spot currently held by Brescia Calcio who finished 16th in the league last season.

Alberto Pomini is one of the biggest names currently in the Palermo side joined by players such as former Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci and Slobodan Rajković who had a spell with Chelsea between 2007 and 2011.

Maltese youngster Rashed Al-Tumi is currently learning his trade in the academy setup at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. He had previously experienced trials with other Italian clubs such as Atalanta B.C. and Pescara.

Andrei Spiteri (left) and Rashed Al-tumi during their time with Pescara.
(Photo by Rashed Al-Tumi)


The 18-year-old spoke highly of veteran goalkeeper, Pomini who made over 180 appearances for Sassuolo in his 13 year stay at the club.

“I look up to Alberto Pomini because he plays with experience and that shows, it is one of the most important things when playing in goal,” said Al-Tumi.

The young goalkeeper went on to speak about Palermo’s first choice goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli who arrived at the club in the summer from Italian giants Juventus: “I also see Brignoli as a good role model because he thinks outside the box.

“And of course Fabrizio Alastra, I admire him because he’s a young goalkeeper that always gives 100% every training session.”

Al-Tumi joined Palermo in September 2017 after coming through the Valletta youth ranks.

The shot-stopper had previously been on trial with former Premier League champions Leicester City in November 2016.

Rashed Al-Tumi on trial with Leicester City in 2016. (Photo by Replay – NET TV)

Speaking about joining Palermo, Al-Tumi said: “It is good, I have great teammates and the staff are also great to me, they will help you with whatever you need and I couldn’t ask for more.

“It has been a massive change for me, at first I struggled so much because it’s another level here in Italy.”

The goalkeeper is currently a Malta U19 international and has already won the Supercoppa Primavera 2 during his time with The Pink and Black.

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