How the Italian press reacted to Aaron Hickey's Bologna debut

Aaron Hickey, right, joins in the celebrations after Roberto Soriano opens the scoring for Bologna. Picture: GettyAaron Hickey, right, joins in the celebrations after Roberto Soriano opens the scoring for Bologna. Picture: Getty
Aaron Hickey, right, joins in the celebrations after Roberto Soriano opens the scoring for Bologna. Picture: Getty
Here’s what the Italian press had to say about Aaron Hickey after making his debut for Bologna following his £1.8m move from Hearts

Aaron Hickey took to life in Serie A like a fish to water, excelling in 80 minutes of action in his full debut for Bologna as they ran out 4-1 winners over Parma.

As with every challenge presented to him in Scotland, the 18-year-old didn’t shy away. Taking the bull by the horns, Hickey was an attacking presence throughout his time on the park, linking well with team-mates and always making himself available.

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Gazzetta Dello Sport commented on this when Bologna were slow getting out of the games, writing: “Bologna seems to be suffering but in the meantime Hickey begins to grow and takes on many initiatives with great personality.”

They later added: “Hickey gains the trust of his teammates who are constantly looking for him in passing exchanges for in both depth and support.”

The paper would give the ex-Hearts youngster a 7/10 in their report cards, saying: “He made his debut at the age of 18 as if he had always played here. In the first half he showed personality and quality. A player acquired almost out of nowhere.”

They also gave his boss Sinisa Mihajlovic a 7/10 for trusting him so soon, saying he was “rewarded” for making the ‘right call’.

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Mijajlovic himself would briefly comment on the performance of his new signing after the match. “Hickey has both personality and quality, he has a great future ahead of him. He’s lively and is learning already.”

Repubblica were another publication to comment on the player’s “great personality”. They continued: “The Scotsman often invites his team-mates into dialogue, including the veterans like [Rodrigo] Palacio, their exchange in the Parma area gave [Hickey] the chance to cross from which Barrow didn’t reach by a whisker.”

Il Messaggero made time to note the cheer Hickey received when he left the park with ten minutes remaining: “The applause in particular is for Hickey, Scottish full-back born in 2002, author of an excellent test.”

All in all, it could scarcely have been any more positive for the full-back on his Italian football bow.

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