Serie B has been home to some incredible surprises in recent times, with last year’s championship nearly seeing two miracles nearly come to fruition.
Surprise package Latina nearly secured promotion to Serie A for the first time in the club’s history, whilst Bari also came close despite being mired in the throes of bankruptcy.
Add this onto Sassuolo’s unlikely promotion the year before as league champions, and a picture of Italy’s second division as a place of dramatic enchantment becomes clear.
This season, it’s Frosinone’s turn. The Ciociaria-based outfit sits atop the Serie B standings after eight games, despite being a newly-promoted side from the Lega Pro Prima Divisione.
And at the fore of the Canarini’s success has stood 21-year-old Luca Paganini, an AS Roma youth product experiencing life in Serie B for the first time this campaign.
Through eight matches Paganini has tallied a pair of goals and assists each, serving as the creative hub in the side for centre-forward Federico Dionisi.
In an interview with Calciomercato, Paganini has shared that he draws inspiration for his game from Manchester’s David Silva, as well as ex-Arsenal man Gervinho.
“And being a fan of Roma I also really like Gervinho – although we don’t have similar characteristics on the pitch I like his brand of play.”
As a supporter of the Giallorossi, Paganini went on to confirm that one of his central goals in his career is to play for his beloved Lupi.
But he also revealed a dream of one day arriving on English shores – with Arsenal his Premier League club of choice.
“As I said before, I’m a fan of Roma, I grew up there for six seasons and it is the team of my city, so one day I’d like to wear the Giallorossi shirt.
“But if I’m telling the truth I’d like to play in the Premier League – I really like Arsenal a lot.”
Paganini caught the eye of several Serie A clubs last season in Italy’s third tier – including Roma’s city rivals Lazio – though ultimately chose to stay at Frosinone to develop.
He still has a ways to go to prove he’s ready for the bright lights of Serie A or the Premier League, but seems well on his way after working his way up the football ladder in recent times.
The Stadio Olimpico and the Emirates – as well as comparisons with David Silva - remain far in the distance for the time being, but Paganini will undoubtedly be hoping Serie B proves as fertile a bit of ground as it has for others in recent years.
Check out no. 17 Paganini's latest scoring performance in Frosinone's 1-0 win over Catania below.