With another year drawing to a close, Forza Italian Football has reviewed the year that was in calcio, this time focusing in on the best youngsters in Serie A.
Although Italian football coaches are renowned to prefer using established players and veterans, there have been a few starlets emerging in recent years and 2018 was no different.
A few of these youngsters have been playing in Italy’s highest division for a couple of seasons already but they have proven that their debut campaigns were not cases of beginner’s luck and that they are capable of rising to greater heights.
Here are Forza Italian Football’s best Serie A youngsters for 2018.
Federico Chiesa – Fiorentina
The winger has demonstrated that his first Serie A season in 2016/17 was no fluke and he has become an established member of the Gigliati squad.
Chiesa scored six times and provided nine assists in 36 league games in 2017/18 and he has three goals and five assists so far this season.
Despite only being 21 years old, he is now a regular feature of the Italian national team under coach Roberto Mancini, frustrating opposition with his pace, direct dribbling, and his tireless running down the flanks.
Patrick Cutrone – AC Milan
Outshining Andre Silva and Nikola Kalinic who were purchased in the summer of 2017, Cutrone scored 10 goals in 28 Serie A matches in 2017/18 as well as four goals in nine Europa League games.
This season, he scored four goals in just five Europa League fixtures and three times in 17 Serie A games, but he has had to sacrifice himself for the team whenever the experienced Gonzalo Higuain plays.
The 20-year-old is a footballer that makes the most of his limited time on the pitch. He has the instincts of a classical poacher, makes intelligent runs, and works hard. With more experience, Cutrone has the potential to be a star striker for Milan and Italy.