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of a retirement home for players nearing the end of their careers, but recent seasons have proven that stereotype to be outdated.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.
Lucas Torreira – Sampdoria
In what could be a tricky season for Sampdoria, the all-action Torreira will be kept busy and as a result could shine in Serie A this year.
The Uruguayan was linked with a move away from the Stadio Luigi Ferraris at the end of 2016/17, but instead the Blucerchiati have tied him down to a contract running until June 2022.
Torreira could be the next big defensive midfielder in Italy, and another impressive showing this term could allow Samp to cash in next summer.