With Serie A rapidly coming to an end, all eyes are on both Inter and AC as we delve into the final weeks. Ciro Immobile, Dusan Vlahovic, and Lautaro Martínez are going home from the season with the most goals, but there’s a wealth of new talent that isn’t been talked about nearly enough.
The Serie A is no longer a league renowned for its older players, this is now a place flourishing with young blood. In this article we’re looking at some of the most exciting up-and-coming players Serie A has to offer, each of whom is tipped for greatness by the experts at OddsChecker, which offers free bets fans can use to back their favourites, in the upcoming 22/23 season and beyond.
They don’t come much younger than Giorgio Scalvini, who at just eighteen years old is slowly but surely becoming a regular asset to Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta side. Scalvini only started playing football eight years ago, at the age of ten. From the age of 15 he joined the Atalanta Youth Sector and gradually made his way up through the ranks before making his professional debut aged 17 against Udinese. Many are expecting big things from Scalvini in the upcoming months and years, with RB Leipzig head coach Domenico Tedesco saying that he appears to have serious skills and experience under his belt. As this appears to be corroborated by the Italian National Squad, who called him up earlier this year, we can safely say the future looks bright for Giorgia Scalvini.
Born in Belgrade, Dusan Vlahovic is an exceptionally talented young gun. Signing his first professional contract with Partizan at the age of 15 made him the youngest ever player to sign a senior contract at the club. Despite being only 22, Vlahovic now has over six years’ experience as a professional footballer, and has played for Fiorentina and now Juventus. In his debut for Juventus, Vlahovic scored the game’s opener. He then played a vital role in securing Juventus’ last-minute win in the Coppa Italia against Sassuolo. Talk of Vlahovic is growing amongst fans and he’s already made a huge name for himself – however, at just 22, he has a long way to go. Still, many speculate that he could go onto become one of the most lethal strikers in the game.
Sandro Tonali is almost always compared to the perpetually fantastic Italian hero Andrea Pirlo, although the duo both dispute the claim. Regardless of the comparison, what is factual is that Tonali is expected to go onto greatness in the upcoming years. With over 100 Serie A caps to his name at just a mere 22-years-old, Tonali plays in midfield for AC Milan and has bagged five goals in 35 games for the club. In addition to this, he has been called up to the Italian National Team numerous times. While Tonali, and Pirlo alike, do not believe the Lodi native is destined to be the next L’architetto, Pirlo did say that Tonali would “go onto become a great player”. And if he’s good enough for Pirlo, then we should certainly be keeping a close eye on Sandro Tonali in the near future.
And last but not least we have the exceptional Mattia Viti, the 20-year-old prodigy who has helped his Empoli side avoid relegation, after being promoted from Serie B last year, with 15 appearances for the first squad. Viti has been named numerous times as one of the best young players this season, and his hard work is not going unnoticed, with interest flying in for the defender from Juventus, Milan and Inter. Inspired by both Ramos and Maldini, Viti is recognised as a physically powerful defender who doesn’t give the opposition much room to maneuver at all. To see what will become of this hopeful, watch this space over the coming years.