Serie A has held a reputation for being something of a retirement home for players nearing the end of their careers, but recent seasons have proven that stereotype to be outdated.
There is a new generation of stars - Italian or otherwise - coming through in Serie A at the moment and while there are already some established youngsters, there are plenty more ready to make a name for themselves in 2017/18.
This list is by no means exhaustive or the best five young talents in Italy and won't include Gianluigi Donnarumma, Franck Kessie et al, but rather five that might otherwise be overlooked by people who don't religiously follow Serie A.
To make the list players must be 21-years old or younger.
Riccardo Orsolini – Atalanta (on loan from Juventus)
One of the hottest young talents in Italy, the Juventus-owned winger is at the right place if he wants to continue his development in Serie A as he will spend the season on loan with Atalanta.
A product of Ascoli’s academy, Orsolini was snapped up by Juventus in January for a fee totalling at €10 million, but remained at the Serie B club before moving to Bergamo on a two-year loan this summer.
Despite being just 20, Orsolini has accumulated eight first team goals and a further seven assists in 51 appearances for Ascoli. During his days in the Picchio’s Primavera side, the exciting winger bagged an impressive 22 goals and nine assists in just 26 matches.
This summer, the Italian picked up the Golden Shoe at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.