5 Italian wonderkids you need to hear about.

 

Andrea Pinamonti- Striker- Inter Milan – 17 years old

Already called up to the Italy U-19 squad aged just 17 years old, Andrea Pinamonti is showing tremendous potential. The Italian has a predatory instinct in-front of goal scoring an impressive 15 goals in as many matches.His impressive performances for the youth side earned him a call-up to the senior team, helping his side win 2-1 in their final Europa league group game against Sparta Prague. Comfortable playing as a lone striker Pinamonti shows a remarkable talent for holding the ball up and bringing others into play.With the range of attacking talent on show at the San Siro, Pinamonti may have to wait for his breakthrough, but he possesses all the qualities to challenge for a spot in the side.

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Davide Calabria – Defender- AC Milan – 20 years old

Calabria has emerged as one of AC Milan’s most exciting young defenders. Often used at right back, he has made 13 appearances for AC Milan since his debut in 2015 – six of which have come during this campaign. His pace is one of his most important assets, allowing him to recover defensively or maraud forward to aid in his side’s attacking endeavors. The young defender isn’t afraid to bring the ball out of defence, and with a wicked right foot, can deliver high-quality balls into the box. His defensive output is just as impressive, never afraid to put a foot in where necessary, but also possessing the peace of mind to know what to do after he has won the ball back. Calabria looks set to be a more regular part of Vincenzo Montella’s young Milan side, challenging Ignazio Abate for the starting spot.

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Rolando Mandragora- Central Midfield- Juventus – 19 years old

The Naples-born centre-midfielder found his way into the Serie A through the youth set-up at Genoa- an academy that has produced Italian internationals such as Mattia Perin and Stephen el Shaarawy. The creative midfielder loves being on the ball, but knows that he can’t shy away from his defensive duties. His debut for Genoa came against his current club Juventus- Genoa went on to win the game 1-0, but Mandragora’s importance was not understated. The young Italian was diligent in his play, nullifying former Juventus midfield ace Paul Pogba with five tackles and two interceptions, whilst completing 13 of his 19 attempted passes. Now at Juventus, Mandragora will hope to break into the first team, and given his qualities that may not be too far away.mandragora

 

Vittorio Paragini- Striker- Bari (on loan from Torino) – 20 years old

Much is expected of the Italy U19 forward, with rumours circulating that Manchester City and Juventus are interested in the young striker. Having been at Torino from the age of 9, the pacey Paragini has been sent out on loan in recent years, primarily, to hone his natural striking talents whilst allowing him regular minutes. Currently, on loan at Bari, it was at Perugia where Paragini made his Serie B introduction. A naturally gifted athlete, Paragini’s pace is at the forefront of his game, and combined with his ability to finish, makes the Italian a well-rounded attacking option. After a productive loan spell at Perugia- having scored eight goals during his time there. 2017 could be an important season in the forward’s career, with a good showing boosting his chances of returning to Torino and breaking into the first team.

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Luca Clemenza- Attacking Midfielder- Juventus – 19 years old

Donning the number 10 shirt and club captain for Juventus primavera, Luca Clemenza is one of the biggest talents coming out of the Juventus youth team. The left-footed playmaker can play anywhere along the front three, but it’s in the number 10 role where he really excels. 8 goals and 6 assists in 12 Primavera B matches this season, Clemenza is making up for lost time. A torn cruciate ligament injury cut short his season last year, but the Italian has not let that get in the way of his development. Most at home finding pockets of space between the midfield and defence, Clemenza isn’t one to shy away when he has the ball at his feet, capable of taking players on or showcasing his touch for the spectacular with his long-range shooting ability, the Juventus starlet will hope to continue his development and make a push for the first team.

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