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Liberato Cacace (2000) is flying the Kiwi flag high in Italy

Liberato Cacace (2000) is flying the Kiwi flag high in Italy.

Having impressed at New Zealand’s only A-League club, Wellington Phoenix, he earned a move to Europe in 2020. After spending a year and a half at Sint-Truiden in Belgium, he was picked up by Serie A side Empoli. Throughout this steep progression, the young left-back has held his own.

Cacace is a tidy player in possession who can help progress the ball down the flank and get forward if needed, but what has stood out in his time at regular relegation-battlers Empoli is his excellent defensive work rate.

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His efforts have seen our model recognize his very high defensive quantity with ratings of 96 and 98 in the two most recent campaigns, providing a lot of upside to his team out of possession.

 

By Neel Shelat

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