Top 10 Young Talents in Serie A:


July 22, 2012 by backofthenetjl

Top 10 Young Talents in Serie A…
There are many players in Serie A that catch are eye and appear to have a promising career ahead. Here is the Top 10 young talents currently playing their trade in the Italy’s superior division.
10. Juan Jesus
      Age: 20
      Position: Centre-back/Left-back
      Club: Inter Milan
Juan is a promising Brazilian defender capable of occupying in the middle of defence aswell as fillling in at full-back when required. He is yet to make a full-appearance for Inter, although he has been capped 3 times for his country Brazil. Due to youth coach Andrea Stramaccioni being appointed boss for the Milan club on a permanent basis, we could be seeing the 20-year-old in the big picture at the San Siro. Juan is a versatile defender and has been compared to fellow Inter and Brazil defender Lucio.

9. Luc Castaignos
    Age: 19
   Position: Striker
   Club: Inter Milan
Dutchman Castaignos arrived at Inter from Feyenoord in 2011 for a fee believed to be around the £7 Million mark. He is a powerful 6ft2 forward, who certainly knows where the net is. Still only 19, Castaignos has already managed to strike 2 times for The Nerazzurri, his first was in a pre-season friendly against Celtic and his 2nd Inter goal was in a Serie A away fixture against Siena, where he fired low past the Siena keeper after latching on to a pass from Thiago Motta. Because of his physical presence and incredible finishing, he has been likened to Thierry Henry and is definitely a name to look out for.
 8. Adem Ljalic
Age: 20
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Club: Fiorentina
Ljalic is a Serbian playmaker, who is often deployed in the role just behind the forwards and provides top-class service to all front-men. The Serbian is clearly naturally gifted and was almost snapped up by Premier League giants Man United in 2009. He had a trial with the red devils and was to join along with Partizan team-mate Zoran Tosic. Unfortunately, the deal fell through due to sufficient problems to secure a work permit for Ljalic. Instead the 20-year-old moved to Italy, an £8 Million transfer to Fiorentina was agreed and he is yet to look back. The mercurial playmaker is blessed with great vision and awareness and is capable of unlocking the meanest of defence’s. Dubbed ”the Serbian Kaka”, Ljalic is also extremely controversial, he was removed from the Serbia national team after refusing to sing the national anthem, yet the worst moment was when he sarcastically applauded Fiorentina gaffer Delio Rossi’s decision to substitute him, leading an attempt to attack the player from the tactician. A great talent but may not reach his full potential because of his attitude.

7. Bojan Krkic
    Age: 21
    Position: Striker and Winger
    Club: Roma
It seems as if Bojan has been around for ages, since he progressed through the ranks at Barcelona. Yet he is still only 21 and is vastly improving all aspects and areas of his game. His opportunities became very limited at Barcelona so it was of his best interest to seek first-team football elsewhere. Roma seems to be a perfect destination, although La Maggica never really achieved much last season, it was clear that they have many exciting players on their cards. Bojan was the pick of the bunch. The Spaniard can play as a central-striker or can turn provider and work from the flanks. His goal-scoring record is not up to an incredible standard but he shows glimpses of brilliance and will be an important player in the years to come for either Roma or Barcelona.

6. Eduardo Vargas
    Age: 22
    Position: Striker
    Club: Napoli
Vargas attracted interest from a host of clubs due to his impressive performances for Universidad de Chile. Despite big clubs such as Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, A.C Milan and Inter Milan, showing interest in the Chilean, it was Napoli who secured the signature of the highly rated forward for a fee in the region of £11. 5 Million. He signed on 9th January but found it difficult to immediately force his way into Walter Mazzari’s XI, mainly down to the good form of Edinson Cavani, Goran Pandev and Ezequiel Lavezzi. He managed to make 10 appearances for The Azzurri, but never got on the scoresheet. Nevertheless he is widely seen as an ideal replacement for Cavani, if he departs this summer, Vargas is the future of Napoli.

5. Mattia Destro
    Age: 21
    Position: Striker
    Club: Genoa
Destro moved to Genoa from Inter Milan in 2011, as part of the deal that included Andrea Ranocchia going in the other direction. Destro continued his development on loan at Siena, where he racked up an impressive 12 goals in 30 appearances, nailing down at first-team spot at the Tuscany club. Whether or not he returns to Genoa, he could play a central role in their push to climb up the table and keep up with the likes of Udinese, Lazio, Napoli and Inter, instead of underachieving as slumped to 17th position in Serie A last term.

4. Mauricio Isla
    Age: 23
    Position: Full-Back/ Wing-Back
    Club: Udinese
Isla is the most versatile player in the world, that is a fact. No other player can possibly play as a right-back, a centre-half, a left-back, a winger and even in central-midfield. He occupies all positions with the same level of performance and his ability is clear. He reads the game very well when without the ball and rapidly bursts down the right-flank with pace and stamina. The Chilean international is extremely energetic, accompanied with good technique, fitting the description of a perfect South-American full-back.Because of his versatility, it is still unknown which position he will take on permanently, but he has the potential to become a top player, no matter which position he plays.

3. Gaston Ramirez
    Age: 21
    Position: Attacking Midfielder
    Club: Bologna
Ramirez is one of the most talked about talents, he has caught the attention of many big clubs such as Man City, Liverpool and Spurs. He was terrific for Bologna last season, a successful campaign where he was inspirational in Bologna’s climb of the Serie A table. Ramirez struck 8 times for his club and provided 5 assists for his team-mates. Ramirez is a classy playmaker, he has excellent control and a superb touch, it looks as If he can play at the highest level.

2. Erik Lamela
    Age: 20
    Position: Attacking Midfielder
    Club: Roma
Lamela is an exceptional talent, with natural ability and terrific technique. His talent can not be doubted, for he can produce golden moments, moments of sheer brilliance. He is an Argentinian genius, always one step ahead and planning the next move. Lamela has the ability to pick up the ball, skip past players and play that killer pass. He has 2 great feet, although his left-foot is truly sacred. It is clear that he is full of sheer quality, but it will take a few more years of development, before he will utterly shine.

1. Stephen El Shaarawy
   Age: 19
   Position: Striker
   Club: A.C Milan
El Shaarawy is not only seen as the most promising talent in Serie A, but maybe even in the world, just behind the sensational Neymar. He started his career off at Genoa, but only made 3 appearances. He made a loan move to Padova, where his talent became noticed, he made 29 appearances for the Serie B side, scoring 9 times. Genoa musn’t of saw much is the Italian and allowed him to depart the club, Milan was his next destination. He has the complete package, skill, technique, control, a great touch, 2 great feet, pace and a rocket of a shot. His game time was slightly limited last year as he only played 22 times for The Rossoneri. He was unable to rifle his way right into the first-team frame at Milan, but getting on the San Siro turf ahead of some of the world’s best strikers is a major achievement, especially at the age of 19. At the moment he is only just establishing himself as a promising youngster, but soon he will become an instant revelation.
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3 thoughts on “Top 10 Young Talents in Serie A:

  1. intheterrace says:

    Very nice piece mate.

    Looking forward to see how Lamela, Destro and Isla do in the future, also El Shaarawy, but I think the others will be more successful.

  2. […] the second best whizkid around, behind Neymar. He was 1st in My Top 10 Young Talents in Serie A and I reckon that he will become a fantastic player, if he reaches his full potential. He managed […]

  3. Espen Høgli says:

    Good article, but your title says Young Talents…isn’t players over 20 kind of old to be labelled as young talents?

    Have you seen this list of top 10 young football talents of world 2013?

    Is there any good italian youngsters under the age of 19, you could recommend?

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