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Marzia Hazra On October - 27 - 2009

The Top Ten Prodigies of Serie A

Serie A is simply overflowing with young talent these days and picking out a top ten list of youngsters playing their trade in the Italian peninsula is harder than one might think. Below are ten prodigies born from 1986 and onwards – listed in alphabetical order.

Alberto Paloschi, Parma: Forward – Paloschi is probably playing his last season away on loan before AC Milan finally decides to bring him back into their ranks – but don’t count on Parma letting go of their prized asset with ease considering that they own half the rights to the player. Last season the teenager opted for a loan and was shipped out to a newly relegated Parma side as Ronaldinho made his high profiled move to the San Siro. The forward went on to play a crucial role as the club was promoted back to Italy’s top flight after spending just one year in the second tier. The rising star has become the first choice despite great competition and has featured in all nine outings thus far. If Paloschi managed to add to his goal tally he could earn himself a return to his parent club and once more play alongside his idol, Filippo Inzaghi.

Alexandre Pato, AC Milan: Forward – After an impressing first calendar year at Milan the forward has done nothing to diminish his €22 million price tag. Laying the foundation with his hard working attitude the young Brazilian has become one of his side’s key-players and an excellent building block for the future with his lightning speed, unique technical skills, great finishing, and outstanding reading of the game. Despite only being 20 years of age ‘The Duck’ carries immense responsibilities on his young shoulders – especially after the departure of fellow countryman Ricardo Kaká. After struggling through a goal drought for seven rounds it now seems like he’s finally left it behind him as he downed both AS Roma and bagged a brace against Real Madrid at the mighty Santiago Bernabeu.

Claudio Marchisio, Juventus: Midfielder – The Turin-native seems to get better for every passing game. Although there isn’t much hype surrounding the hardworking the player the midfielder has gone from rising talent to a fully bloomed midfield maestro. The 23-year old tends to up his game when the stakes are high and considering Juventus’ play as of lately there’s no denying how much the team and its supporters are missing the midfielder as he’s slowly recovering from his knee operation.

Davide Santon, Inter Milan: Defender – The Inter Milan youngster has quickly risen through the ranks and in just one season emerged as one of Italy’s brightest prospects. His electric pace, precision tackles and calm composure has drawn parallels to former greats such as Paolo Maldini. Despite passing Maxwell to the bench last season, things haven’t gone quite as smoothly this campaign considering that the full back has only made three appearances to date. The talented defender has all the qualities to be headed towards the same path as Maldini. Santon will undoubtedly be one of the building blocks around which Inter and La Nazionale are built around in the future. A legend in the making.

Marek Hamšík, Napoli: Midfielder – Despite Napoli’s disappointing performances over the past calendar year there has been one player that has managed to deliver on a consistent basis. The talented midfielder is extremely hard-working and never accepts a lost cause. The Slovakian possesses immense speed which he mixes with his characteristic explosive surges in pace – making him highly difficult to mark. On top of that he’s the club’s highest goal scorer with five goals in nine outings. Top clubs all over Europe have become aware of the Napoli’s rated midfielder, but they will have to keep waiting as charismatic owner Aurelio De Laurentiis have no intention to release his crown jewel anytime soon.

Mario Balotelli, Inter Milan: Forward – There is no denying how extremely talented Balotelli is, but unfortunately his own temper and attitude have intervened with his development. Ever since SuperMario burst on to the scene at a mere 17 of age, he’s had several publicized rows with manager José Mourinho. As a result he’s been sent to sit in the stands and even back to the Primavera team only to be reinstated in the senior squad once more. After being blasted by his team mates towards the end of the last season, the youngster seems like he’s finally come to his senses and now lets the performance on the pitch do the talking. Facing competition from the likes of Diego Milito and Samuel Eto’o, the Ghana-born Italian will have to make sure to impress when given the opportunity.

Mauro Zarate, Lazio: Forward – Zarate was firing on all cylinders last season and put himself on the map in high fashion as his spectacular performances sent Lazio flying. The young Argentine was one of the main reasons to the capital club’s Coppa Italia triumph - their first title in five years. The forward quickly went on to become a fan favorite and scored a remarkable 13 goals in his debut season in Italy – resulting in Lazio paying a reported €20 million in order to release him from his contract with Al-Sadd. ‘The Zarate Kid’ has only found the back of the net on two occasions this season but is sure to soon set the stage on fire with the same mind-blowing performances we got used to last season.

Sebastian Giovinco, Juventus:Midfielder/Forward – The Atomic Ant is probably Italy’s most talented player, but with Ciro Ferrara opting to go with other playmaking abilities at the moment, the pint-sized trequartista’s qualities sadly remains unexploited on the bench. Given that Gio’s abilities are predicted to be superior to that of club icon Alessandro Del Piero says just how much talent the player possesses. Don’t let his small stature fool you as his technical abilities and explosiveness combined with his lightning speed are far superior than that of others – and often leaves no other way for opponents than having to resort to hacking him down. Despite numerous offers from overseas as well as domestically, little Gio wants to carry on fighting for a spot at his beloved Juventus. Hopefully Ferrara will soon see what the rest of Italy already know.

Simon Kjaer, Palermo: Defender – Despite only being 20 years of age the young Dane has been hailed as one of the most complete defenders to emerge in recent years. The tall blond centre back’s stellar debut season also resulted in a call-up to the Danish national team where he’s been able to hold down a spot during his nation’s qualification to South Africa. Not many teenage defenders manage to leave big impacts on their teams in the early stages of their careers but this player certainly is different.

Stevan Jovetic, Fiorentina: Forward – Jovetic has been one of Serie A’s brightest prospects for a while now, but the youngster only recently introduced himself to the rest of Europe with his emphatic brace against Liverpool. Clubs all over the continent are showcasing interest for the young forward, but could be disappointed as the Montenegrin has pledged his future to the Viola on s
everal occasions. The teenager has been predicted to become a future great and with the performances we’ve seen thus far there is nothing to contradict that.

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