Serie A is one of the most intriguing leagues to watch in European football.
Italian football has a very big reputation for being a lot more tactical than other leagues. The pace of the football may be slower but some of the best players in the world currently play their club football in Italy.
Here are five youngsters worth watching from Serie A this season so far.
Luca Antei (Sassuolo)
You may think it strange to see a central defender from a side just above the relegation places on this list but 21-year-old Luca Antei is a very talented player.
He’s been thrown in at the deep end by his club with six appearances in Serie A so far and he’s responded well. He’s a great defender to watch, someone aware of everything that’s going on around him and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get a move to a much bigger team in the future.
Miralem Pjanic (Roma)
Pjanic is someone that plenty of Premier League fans will already be very aware of.
He’s slightly more matured at the age of 23-years-old and he is definitely one of the most talented younger players currently plying his trade in Italy.
Pjanic’s stats as a midfielder speak for him; three goals, four assists, 2.3 shots per game and a passing success rate of over 88% from 12 appearances.
Paul Pogba (Juventus)
Whenever the stats of Pogba are brought up, Manchester United fans must curse their luck that they let the youngster slip away.
The 20-year-old Frenchman is arguably the best midfielder in Italian football at the moment and his numbers rival Pjanic’s in several key areas.
Pogba has scored four goals with two assists, his passing success rate is 83% and he’s making over two accurate long passes per match. He’s a very special player.
Kevin Strootman (Roma)
Strootman is another player who has a connection to Manchester United, as the Old Trafford side were strongly linked with the Dutchman before he moved to Serie A.
The striking feature of his game this season has been his ability to create and make chances for other players; he’s got five assists in the league so far.
If you watch Strootman play for Roma, he has a similar style to how Aaron Ramsey has played at Arsenal this season, seamlessly moving all over the pitch in a classic box-to-box type style.
Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo)
This teenager will definitely be playing for parent side Juventus regularly in years to come.
The strike rate of the 19-year-old this season has been superb; six goals in eight appearances altogether.
The amazing thing is that Sassuolo have only scored 13 goals in the league altogether so he’s bearing a huge weight at the moment for his team.
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