With the 2017/18 Serie A season now over, we take a look at who is our young player of the season.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON
SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC (LAZIO)
‘Mr 100 million’ – as La Gazetta dello Sport call him – has grown throughout 2017/18 into a player that Europe’s super clubs wildly covet.
Born with the frame of a basketballer but gifted the poise of a ballerina, this is a talent set that only Manchester United’s Paul Pogba can match.
Milinkovic-Savic’s brilliance on the left side of Lazio’s centre midfield has made him a young prospect without compare. This expert utilization by head coach Simone Inzaghi has been rewarded with 12 goals and three assists.
A stellar achievement for a 23-year-old. Highlights include a brace to inspire a comeback from 2-0 down at Atalanta, plus his breathtaking role even amid crushing defeat to Inter this weekend.
He really should be playing in the Champions League.
Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan)
There’s been a coming of age for the 20-year-old, who first joined Milan 12 years ago. The strong No9 scored 10 goals in 28 Serie A games as big names around him struggled.
Giovanni Simeone (Fiorentina)
Forms a promising attacking duo with fellow footballing progeny, Federico Chiesa. Scored the most out of the pair, with the 22-year-old Argentine – son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone – notching an impressive 14 times.
Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria)
A defensive midfielder of true promise is emerging amid the attacking adventure of head coach Marco Giampaolo’s gung-ho outfit. The 22-year-old missed only two top-flight fixtures in 2017/18 and is going to the World Cup with Uruguay.
With the 2017/18 Serie A season now over, we take a look at who is our player of the season.
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
MAURO ICARDI (INTERNAZIONALE)
No player had a greater influence on the success – or failure – of their team than Icardi. The 25-year-old experienced the most-prolific season of his career, notching 29 times in 34 league appearances as Inter earned a cherished return to the Champions League.
Pertinently, this accounted for 44-per-cent of Inter’s overall tally – second-top scorer Ivan Perisic scored 18 fewer. Highlights included a hat-trick to lift his team past AC Milan in October.
There was also the four-goal haul at former club Sampdoria in March and August’s brace as head coach Luciano Spalletti enjoyed an instant winning-return to Roma. His, apparent, show of fealty after Sunday’s win at Lazio is another huge boost.
Luis Alberto (Lazio)
The 25-year-old Spanish playmaker really came into his own this season, notching 11 goals and 14 assists.
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria)
This was a vintage season for the 35-year-old striker. His 19 goals put him fourth on the Serie A scoring list – one place ahead of Napoli and Belgium ace Dries Mertens.
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
The early months promised one of the great Serie A campaigns. But even though the Argentina forward, 24, could not reach legendary status, a tally of 22 goals – with one coming every 107 minutes – shows his ability.
With the 2017/18 Serie A season now over, we take a look at who is our manager of the season.
MANAGER OF THE SEASON
MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI (JUVENTUS)
A Herculean managerial feat was required to see off Napoli – and Allegri duly obliged.
It is churlish in the extreme to discount his latest success, even though it was the club’s seventh-successive title. The Neapolitans’ 91 points is the highest-ever tally in Italy for runners-up.
To edge them, Allegri proved a master of adaption throughout 2017/18. A more-expansive game plan saw Juve score 86 times – the most in his four successful seasons in charge.
Yet they still boasted the competition’s meanest defence, with just 24 goals conceded.
All this came amid 37 changed line-ups from 38 games as injuries and age undermined his squad.
Napoli tactician Maurizio Sarri garnered more praise, but his side came undone as he failed to adapt. Fluid Allegri taught the pretender to his throne some harsh lessons.
Maurizio Sarri (Napoli)
For so long, it appeared like the innovative, chain-smoking Sarri would claim this honour. The 59-year-old produced such intoxicating football that Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola led the praises.
Yet a critical failure to rotate would both deny him January transfer targets and see his long-term leaders – they were in first for 21 out of 38 rounds – collapse within sight of the finishing post.
Gian Piero Gasperini (Atalanta)
Recovered from a stuttering start to earn a second-successive Europa League-campaign.
There would be no repeat of 2016/17’s staggering fourth, but seventh for a team of Atalanta’s resources is still some achievement.
Leonardo Semplici (SPAL)
The man who led SPAL to the top flight, for the first time in 49 years, ensured that the small Ferrara-based club stayed there.
A 3-1 final-day victory against Sampdoria condemned Crotone to the drop.