Top 5 youngsters to look out for in Serie A
Written by: Waseem Zaidi
A glance at the player roster confirms that the league is home to exciting prospects who will take the field in the upcoming campaign.
The Italian Serie A has picked itself up well and has left behind the history of the match-fixing allegations and racial slurs. The overall level of football has seen a meteoric rise with clubs like AS Roma, Napoli and Juventus among others showing immense pedigree.
The secret behind this newfound zeal is the reliance on the young players. This surprising dependence on young players by Serie A clubs has produced some exceptional prodigies.
Therefore, we take a look at the top five young players from the Italian top division who are ones to look out for this season:
5. Alessio Romagnoli - AC Milan
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It has been proven that the Italian soil produces some of the best defenders around and that holds true in the case of Ac Milan centre-back Alessio Romagnoli. At the age of 23 this starlet already has 89 appearances under his belt for the Rossoneri. He began his stint with Roma and after a loan spell at Sampdoria, he moved to Milan in 2015.
He is incredibly composed on the ball and has the knack of delivering accurate, penetrating long-balls with his left foot. Compared to the likes of Alessandro Nesta, this prodigy is set for big things and constantly attracts attention from big European clubs for his signature.
4. Lorenzo Pellegrini, 22 - AS Roma
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A product of the prestigious academy of AS Roma, he made his senior debut in 2015 for the Italian club. Adept as a defensive midfielder, he also exhibits composure on the ball and frequently takes risks by making forward runs.
With three goals and four assists, he played a crucial part in Roma’s breakthrough last season, which saw them eliminate FC Barcelona to reach the semis of the UEFA Champions League. Playing alongside Daniele de Rossi and Radja Nainggolan, he will be one to look out for.
3. Federico Bernardeschi - Juventus
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The talented Italian starlet is fast becoming a starter for Serie A giant, Juventus. Bernardeschi loves to make darting runs on the wing and deliver pinpoint crosses into the box.
He contributed with four goals and six assists last season. Attracting the attention of various top clubs, Bernardeschi has been well-protected by Juventus given that he is set to be one of the best wingers in the coming years.
2. Andrea Belotti- Torino
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The star man and the captain of Torino is still in the developmental phase and is pegged to be one of the best strikers in the world once he reaches his prime. He loves to score goals for fun and is often found challenging for the title of the league’s top scorer.
Constantly pursued by big clubs, Belotti has been loyal to Torino. Despite an injury-marred last season, the forward is a superstar in the making, who has already scored 48 goals for Torino in 102 appearances.
1. Gianluigi Donnarumma - AC Milan
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The second youngest goalkeeper ever to debut in Serie A at the age of 16 years and 242 days; Donnarumma has since become one of the most exciting prospects in world football. He is also the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear for Italy.
Linked to big teams like Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and so on, in every transfer window, he looks set for a long stay with AC Milan since they won't part with their star shot-stopper easily. Unanimously pegged to succeed Buffon at the national level, Donnarumma has a lot to prove in Serie A. He will play a crucial role in Milan's attempts to regain lost glory on the domestic front.
This is only the cream of the crop that is in Serie A. The roster of exciting young prospects is massive and that is one of the prime reasons why Serie A is on it’s way back to the pinnacle of club football in Europe.
Published: Fri Aug 03, 2018 08:14 PM IST