A big part of developing as a young player is learning from your mistakes, such as turning up for a team meeting late, which is what Everton striker Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo did earlier this season.
The pair are among Italy’s highest-rated youngsters and thus found themselves in the Italy squad for this summer’s European Under 21 Championships.
However, they courted controversy and plenty of criticism, by turning up late to a team meeting ahead of a clash with Belgium.
Both players were left out of the game as a result, but this week their punishment continued when Roberto Mancini elected to leave both out of the senior Italy side as further penance for their actions.
Their Under 21 boss Paolo Nicolato has also commented on the situation and says their mistakes are not a problem but failing to learn from them would be.
“(They are) talented players with great qualities, but they must respect the rules and make the right reflection on some mistakes,” he told Radio Anch’io Sport, via Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“(They) must do a certain type of path and understand the activity must be carried out in a certain way. Being wrong is not a great problem, but not learning from your mistakes is.
“Being a footballer is not just about having game quality, but doing a set of things in group work, with rules that are not many, but must be respected “.