With many talented players leaving Serie A over the last few years, many have questioned the lack of talent in a league not known for its use of talented young players. But I’ve made a list of the top 5 young players to watch in Serie A this season.
5- Mattia Destro, Forward, Roma.
Mattia Destro joined Roma on loan from Genoa for a fee in the region of €9m, drafted in to replace the outgoing Fabio Borini, Destro is seen as a better finisher and a more technical player than the man he was brought in to replace. Destro scored 12 goals in 30 appearances for Siena last season, which earned him his international debut against England. At 21 years old, Destro could be a force in Roma’s attack this season. With Totti thriving in Serie A at the start of this season, and Pablo Osvaldo netting in with a few goals, Destro can strive of their creativity and will certainly be one to watch this season.
4- Erik Lamela, Midfielder, Roma.
Erik Lamela is an attacking midfielder blessed with great vision and a ferocious left foot. The 20-year-old joined Roma from relegated Argentinean side River Plate in 2011. During the 2011-12 season, Lamela had a great season with Roma scoring 6 goals and creating 6 assists in 29 games. Not known for his goal scoring, but his creative side to the game is not to be questioned with. Similar to David Silva’s attacking midfield style, Lamela’s slick passing and eye-catching through balls will trouble many Serie A defences. Linking up with Mattia Destro, the Argentine will offer lots to Roma, expect goals and creativity from a strong side this season.
3- Lorenzo Insigne, Forward, Napoli.
Lorenzo Insigne is a product of Napoli’s youth system; he made his Serie A debut in 2010. In the same season the 21-year-old went on loan to Italian side Foggia where he scored an impressive 19 goals under the management of Czech maestro Zdeněk Zeman. Insigne made his international debut for Italy on 11th of September, 2012 in a world cup qualifier against Malta. With Eziquel Lavezzi departing Napoli for PSG, Lorenzo Insigne could become the rising star of Napoli’s side this season and no doubt he has big boots to fill.
2- Stefan Jovetic, Forward, Fiorentina.
Stefan Jovetic is known as one hell of a talent. With his impressive dribbling, close control, flair and technical qualities, many critics have compared him to former Italian legend Roberto Baggio. The 22-year-old scored 4 goals and created 1 assist in just 3 games at the start of the season. Very impressive. Jovetic is a regular for Club and Country, the Montenegro star has been capped 23 times by his country scoring 10 goals. After snubbing a big money move to Manchester City in the summer, Jovetic looks set to focus on Fiorentina this season and with an impressive goal tally already, im confident he can be one of the stand out players this season.
1- Stephen El Shaarawy, Midfielder, AC Milan.
El Shaarawy signed for Italian giants AC Milan in 2011 from Genoa and is regarded as one of Europe’s hottest prospects. The 19-year-old has represented his country from U16 level all the way up to making his senior debut against England on the 15th of August, 2012. The Italian is known for his flair, close control and fantastic dribbling, drawing comparisons to former AC Milan Legend Kaka. With the experienced Zlatan Ibrahimovic departing Milan, it gives young talented players like El Shaarawy the chance to shine. If given the chance I strongly believe the 19-year-old has the potential to become one of Serie A’s top players.
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