The league has incredible young players who play on a regular basis.
Italian Serie A has always been a point of focus for the world as it has produced some of the best young players. The fact still stands true today as several teams are in a transitional phase where the focus is towards building a squad for tomorrow.
As a result, Serie A is seeing a lot of clubs play very young squads on a regular basis to give them the important experience and develop the players for the future. While Juventus continues to dominate the league, other clubs have taken steps to ensure the domination can be curtailed in the coming years.
Interestingly, this has led to clubs fielding young squads which provides a perfect opportunity to list the five clubs that have fielded the youngest squads based on average age in the current term. Here are the five youngest squads in Italian Serie A.
The data has been compiled with courtesy of CIES Football Observatory’s report.
5. ACF Fiorentina – 26.7 years
Two-time Italian champions ACF Fiorentina have fielded a squad which has an average age of 26.7 years. The club which is known for their iconic purple kit colours have been known to produce good young footballers over the years, and they have continued to stick by that tradition while maintaining their continued existence in the top-flight.
Some of their best young players include the likes of Nikola Milenkovic (23), Patrick Cutrone (22) and Christian Kouame (22).
4. Spezia Calcio – 26.3 years
Newly promoted side, Spezia Calcio has signed several young talents and added them to a squad which earned them a promotion to the top-flight. Their average comes at 26.3 years.
The manager, Vincenzo Italiano has his work cut out to ensure survival in the Italian top-flight. It will definitely be a challenge for the club to avoid relegation, especially while playing with one of the youngest squads in the league. Julian Chabot (22), Tomasso Pobega (21) and Kevin Agudelo (22) are some of their notable young talents to watch out for, albeit they all are on loan from other clubs.
3. Cagliari Calcio – 25.6 years
Cagliari attained promotion to the Serie A from Serie B five years ago. The club has stuck in the top-flight and have shown some very resilient bit of football in the last few years. Moreover, they have survived with a relatively young squad over the years.
Continuing the tradition, Cagliari has fielded the third youngest squad on average age this term. Sebastian Walukiewicz (20) who is a one of the best upcoming European defenders is part of the team alongside impressive young players like Giovanni Simeone (25) and Nahitan Nández (24) .
2. Hellas Verona – 25.6 years
Hellas Verona have won the Serie A on one occasion but their current realities are very different. The club earned promotion last year and over-achieved by finishing eigthth-place in the standings.
With the second-youngest squad in the league, the club will again attempt to repeat their last season’s performance. Some of the young players that will have the responsibility to make that happen will be, Federico Dimarco (23), Kevin Rüegg (22) and Eddie Salcedo (19).
1. AC Milan – 24.5 years
AC Milan were a powerhouse in yesteryears of the Serie A and had scores of world-class players in their roster, which made them incredibly successful. However, the last decade saw the rise of Juventus and an incredible decline for the Rossoneri. Several attempts at rebuilding the club have gone in vain.
However, it seems like, the hierarchy at Milan have finally cracked the code and taken the right steps at building a champion squad for tomorrow by recruiting some of the best young players not just in Italy, but in Europe. Unsurprisingly, AC Milan have fielded the youngest squad in the competition at merely 24.5 years.
Among the exceptional choice of young talents that are plying their trade for the club, some notable mentions who regularly start are, Gianluigi Donnarumma (21), Theo Hernández (23), Sandro Tonali (20), Samu Castillejo (25) and Franck Kessié (23) among several others.