The 10 best young players of the 2022/23 Serie A season
Stereotypically seen as the league where established players thrive, Serie A has more recently become a breeding ground for the world’s best up-and-comers. As Italian football becomes more attack-oriented and exciting, there will be more chances for young standouts to shine for teams in the league.
So, in honor of that, let’s take a look at the best Under-23 players based on their performances in the 2022/23 Serie A season.
LW Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Naples: Have any questions? Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dominated Serie A during a memorable season for Partenopei, earning official MVP honors. Kovara scored 12 goals and assisted 10 times, averaging 2.2 dribbles and 1.6 key passes per game, unstoppable.
The defense couldn’t touch the 22-year-old, who needs to be mentioned as one of the favorites to win the Ballon d’Or. What he’s doing in 2022/23 is simply beyond superlative. Kvaratskhelia inspired a beautiful football city and led Napoli to feats they had eluded for decades.
Empoli LB Fabiano Parisi: Fabiano Parisi is on the radar of many top clubs, such as Juventus, as he is one of the best young left-backs in the entire continent. The 22-year-old played a vital role in Empoli’s wing attack and shone more than any other player in the team – they have quite a few young talents to watch, such as Tommaso · Baldazini and Nicolo Cambiaghi.
With an average of 3.2 tackles and interceptions per game, Parisi has contributed to the Azzurri defensively. He also averaged more than four dribbles and fouls per game.
Monza CM Nicolò Rovella: There are many talented midfielders known as “Niccolò” in Serie A, including Barella in the team of the season. But don’t overlook Nicolo Rovira, who has enjoyed a stellar season at Monza after proving his worth as a Serie A starter on loan at Genoa.
Juventus have a poor midfield in 2022/23 so they could really use Rovira in the first team, better for the Bianconeri with the likes of Nicolo Fagioli and Fabio Miretti s future. Rovira developed into a leader and midfield defender in Monza’s surprising side, averaging 3.4 tackles and interceptions per game.
Udinese LM Destiny Udogie: Destiny Udogie is already on Friulani’s radar for the 2021/22 season and even before the start of the 2022/23 season he has earned himself a move to Tottenham as the next left-winger (who could replace The iconic Ivan Perišić).
Well, it looks like Spurs made a wise decision to keep Udoji and Pedro Polo on their flanks for the next few years, as the 20-year-old Italy international only boosted his stock . He was absolutely non-stop attacking, creating chances and taking the ball into the final third with tireless intensity. Udogie even contributed 7 goals when defending in lock down as a wide midfielder.
Milan CB Malick Thiaw: Paolo Maldini’s departure from Milan would be absolutely devastating for the 2021/22 Serie A champions and 2022/23 Champions League semi-finalists. Malick Thiaw is another example of Maldini’s unparalleled talent ID, although it’s no surprise that arguably the greatest centre-back of all time knows a thing or two about centre-back talent.
A former top prospect at Schalke, Thio looks like the latest success for Knappenschmiede. For a 21-year-old, he was very composed in the biggest games, never making a mistake and targeting the best strikers with excellent anticipation and vision. Thiaw may have quietly passed Fikayo Tomori, who was one of the best players in Serie A last season. The German defender has a special future.
Cremonese GK Marco Carnesecchi: The Cremonese have no real chance of staying up and have serious problems with their squad, but the goalkeeper is definitely not one of them. Marco Carnesecchi is one of the best goalkeepers in Serie A, despite facing a lot of shots, he made few mistakes. The 22-year-old looks to be one of the most promising goalkeepers in the world right now. Atalanta is his parent team and, to be honest, he looks ready to start for La Dea in 2023/24.
Udinese CM Lazar Samardžić: Udinese have plenty of young talent to keep an eye on over the next few seasons, even considering Udoji has gone to Tottenham. Lazar Samardžić was probably the funniest of them all to watch, as he scored unexpectedly.
The 21-year-old Germany international contributed nine goals in total last season, while also providing clear passing and creativity. He is a very modern organizer. Udinese has quite a bit of talent on their hands, and if Sammarjic can contribute defensively, he could become one of the best midfielders in Serie A. Teams across Europe should be watching his development closely.
Atlanta CB Giorgio Scalvini: If we count Carnesechi, Atalanta and Udinese have the most players on their rosters with three players. Rasmus Højlund is the young striker in the spotlight, but Giorgio Scalvini may be a more valuable commodity given the increasing value of top centre-backs and their rarity.
As Calcio’s best young defender, Scalvini has a high technical quality and all the physical qualities to become the best central defender in Serie A. Every top club in Europe should be keeping a close eye on La Dea’s latest top prospect. His possession was excellent and he could even change the game in the final third, taking full advantage of the flexibility afforded by Gian Piero Gasperini’s innovative tactical system.
Atlanta ST Rasmus Højlund: A talented athlete, irresistible dribbler and promising finisher, Rasmus Højlund is definitely one of the rising ‘IT’ stars to watch in European football right now. The 20-year-old has been treated like a ‘hype machine’ by European fans and it’s not hard to see why. He has a ‘Terminator’ ruthlessness up front that every football fan will love.
In his first Serie A season as an Atalanta regular, Heulund averaged 1.6 fouls, 1.4 completed dribbles and 1.2 key passes per 90 minutes. An all-around talent as a striker, Hoylund could end the 2023/24 season as one of the world’s greatest stars.
Udinese CB Nehuén Perez: The third Udinese player to make this list, Nejuun Perez, has proven to be a permanent signing for Atletico Madrid. He is one of the most tenacious defenders in the Italian top flight and one of the best young defenders in the league.
Perez averaged 2.3 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 2.8 clearances per game, while dribbling just 0.5 times per game. He completed over 86 percent of his passes. The 22-year-old already has talent, although Perez still needs some discipline in his passing.