Serie A: 10 Interesting Players

I wanted to mention a few Serie A players who impressed me in the 2011-12 season. I’m not including well known stars here, like Ibrahimovic or Klose whose great performance was expected. Mentioned below are only nice surprises. Some of these guys don’t play for big clubs yet and I believe they can be potential transfer targets in the summer. Here they are:

  • Dusan Basta (Udinese) – Right winger, fast and energetic, has good scoring skills.
  • Luis Muriel (Udinese) – A very promising Colombian forward with great pace and good shot. Spent the season on loan at Lecce where he scored 7 league goals.
  • Senad Lulic (Lazio) – Serbian left winger with great pace and decent shot, somewhat resembles his compatriot Krasic, only Lulic plays on the left side.
  • Fabio Borini (Roma) – Apparently this guy has been a promising talent for a long time, but never played any serious level football before coming to Roma on loan from Parma at the start of the 2011-12 season. Now that the league season is over, Borini is an integral part of the Roma lineup, has 9 Serie A goals to his name and has secured a place in Squadra Azzurra at the Euro 2012, what a change! He’s a very good versatile forward.
  • Pablo Osvaldo (Roma) – Great finisher. The 2011-12 season was his first really successful season in Italy, after he had established himself as a prolific striker at Espanol in the Spanish league during the previous year. His hot temper doesn’t always do him good though, causing unnecessary red cards and conflicts with coaches and teammates.
  • Alejandro “El Papu” Gomez (Catania) – A miniature striker, very fast and has good technique, resembles former Udinese small forward Alexis Sanchez.
  • Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari) – Another Colombian talent. 22 years old, has great physical strength and amazing technique. Wasn’t a starter for Cagliari last season, but created a few goals for his partners with powerful runs after coming on as a sub. I believe the guy has a great future, if I had to compare him with someone, George Weah comes to mind.
  • German Denis (Atalanta) – Offloaded by Napoli back in 2010 and then loaned out from Udinese last year, unexpectedly started to shine at Atalanta by becoming their leading force upfront and scoring 16 goals in the 2011-12 season.
  • Federico Peluso (Atalanta) – Left back, can play left midfielder as well, has good dribbling and passing skills. Great in attack.
  • Miguel Veloso (Genoa) – Left-footed central midfielder with great passing skills, very good at set pieces. Starter for the Portugal national team.
  • (Update June 9) I forgot to mention Diego Fabbrini (Udinese) – An energetic and creative attacking midfielder, Italian U-21 international. That makes it 11 players, not 10.
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