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Vote For The Team Of The Season ~ Trequartista

Serie A Weekly readers will be able to choose their own Team of the Year, voting for players nominated by the writing and editing team. The team will line up 4-3-1-2, the most common used formation in Serie A in recent times. Next up for your selection are the playmakers, the trequartisti, so read on as our writers give you their choice and tell you why. Please leave a comment and remember to vote for the two you want to see in the team. You can also go back and vote for:

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Andrea Cossu (Cagliari) Nominated by Lorenzo Vicini

When compiling a list of the best trequartisti in Serie A, the usual high-flying, attractive names come forward. One player often overlooked but well-deserving of the title is Cagliari’s maestro Andrea Cossu. The 31-year-old trequartista has quietly been putting his head down and performing brilliantly for over two seasons now for the Sardi and earned several call-ups to the Italian national team. Cossu possesses exquisite vision and is spectacular at reading the game. He may not make the brilliant pass that garners all the accolades from the media, but Cossu consistently makes the key passes that ultimately produce results.

It may come as a surprise to the casual observer of Serie A, but Andrea Cossu led the league in assists this season with 13 to his name. The assists in addition to his four goals made him the most pivotal player in the Cagliari squad. It was obvious that when Cossu wasn’t available, Cagliari suffered due to his important contributions in setting up the attack, creating scoring opportunities and feeding the strikers. He may not have the well-known name, but Andrea Cossu has nevertheless been the best trequartista in Serie A.

Francesco Totti (Roma) Nominated by Scot Munroe

The captain has had a brilliant last three months to the season under the stewardship of former teammate Vincenzo Montella. Under Claudio Ranieri his season stagnated and there was talk of player power in the press and his form declined. But ever since Montella has taken charge Totti performances has excelled in the change of formation. Montella has gone back to the 4-2-3-1 and has placed Totti in the deep lying forward role. He has scored twelve goals in the final three months of the season including braces against Lazio, Bari, and Fiorentina. He broke the 200 goal mark in Serie A and overtook Roberto Baggio 205 goals in Serie A. With the role he plays in the formation he comes so deep to take the ball and runners from the midfield come into play and create chances.

Josip Iličić (Palermo) Nominated by Qasá Alom

Many people will link the words “Sicilian Trequartista” with “Javier Pastore” and admitteadly it’s what should actually happen - except nobody gave that script to Josip Iličić. The  Slovenian’s attacking threat and sharp eye for threading a pass has most certainly made him Palermo’s surprise package of the season, without whom their plight could have been even worse. Signed for just over two million euro’s late last summer  Iličić was quite simply an afterthought. 8 goals and a hatful of assists later and the 23 year old is not only a regular in the line-up, but according to his vocal chairman, one of only two people at the club that have the ability of “inventing something”. Arguably the 23 year old’s finest game was against Roma back in November; with much of the attention on Pastore, Menez Totti and Miccoli it was Josip Iličić who stole the show with a goal and an assist. He ended the season as the clubs second top scorer and proves that even is Pastore is thinking of pastures new fans will have another - arguably more robust - player to adore.

Sebastian Giovinco (Parma) Nominated by Giancarlo Rinaldi

The Atomic Ant found the boots a bit big to fill at Juventus but seems to have found his own dimension in Parma.  With assists, goals and pinpoint free-kicks he played an integral part in ensuring the boys from the Ennio Tardini survived in Serie A with some ease.  He seems keen to make his loan deal in Emilia-Romagna a permanent one - but it remains to be seen if the Bianconeri will be happy to oblige.

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Milan) Nominated by Francesco Pizzolla

Boateng arrived at Milan under curious circumstances. The German-born Ghana international had impressed at the 2010 World Cup and caught the eye of Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi. Preziosi bought Boateng and brought him to Serie A. However, after undergoing a medical with the Rossoblu and signing a deal, he was loaned to Milan with an option to buy. It was definitely strange to see Milan getting a midfielder on loan from Genoa, usually it’s the other way around. As soon as Boateng arrived at Milanello he impressed. Boateng is a player that is rare in Serie A, a unique mix of sublime technique and ferocious work-rate, every manager’s dream, the real definition of quantity and quality.

Allegri at first inserted the Ghanian into a central midfield role, but after noticing his great ability of making great runs and joining the attack, Allegri decided to play Boateng behind the two strikers. Allegri’s move was a great success, as Boateng really made that trequartista role his own over the course of the season and was a crucial part of Milan’s success. Now that Milan has signed him fully and he has a year of Serie A experience on his shoulders, “Big Bang” Boateng (as he is called by Milan announcer Carlo Pellegatti) is only going to get better. Maybe we’ll even get to see another moonwalk…

Javier Pastore (Palermo) Nominated by Stuart Harper

The eighties hit song ‘Pretty in Pink’ could have been written with some kind of prophetic foresight, just for Pastore. The 21-year old Argentinean has beguiled the Renzo Barbera faithful with a season long selection of cultured performances, and as Maurizio Zamparini presided over a controversially turbulent campaign, Pastore has been the epitome of grace under pressure, providing Palermo with invaluable goals and assists from midfield - befitting of trequartista status. ‘El Flaco’ initially struggled with life in Serie A but this campaign has seen him blossom into an artisan playmaker and Palermo’s leading goal scorer. The key now for the Rosanero is retaining the services of their undoubted ‘MVP’ and at the tender age of twenty-one, Pastore, has a lengthy list of admirers - his vision and eye for goal meriting admiration and certainly consideration as the trequartista of this term.

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