Last week Kiko Macheda spoke highly of the reserve team captain, and claimed he was a great player. Petrucci clearly has the attributes to go on and be one displaying a class and intelligence in his performance yesterday.
The Italian went close himself, with the Shenhua keeper sprawling to shepard the ball past the post and also picked out Nick Powell with a sublime pass, only for the new signing to put his shot wide.
Having impressed at reserve level last year, it remains to be seen what this season holds for Petrucci. A step up into the first team whilst possible is unlikely, so perhaps a loan spell is on the cards.