The Italian Serie A is known for its fast paced football. Over the years Serie A has produced some legendary figures who brought laurels to their respective clubs and countries. The 2020-21 Serie A is at a very interesting stage with some of the best players showcasing their quality.
In this piece, we are about to discuss a list of 5 best midfielders who are trying to make their mark in Italian football. These midfielders possess different playmaking skills, technique, temperament, passing skills and their ability to score during crunch situations.
Based on these aspects we are presenting a list of 5 best midfielders who have impressed the most this season in the Serie A. These midfielders are not legends but they are trying to establish themselves at the big stage.
#1 Franck Kessie (AC Milan)
Kessie possesses all attributes of a modern-day midfielder. The Ivory Coast International has showcased his speed and counter-attacking abilities with his creative sense. The former Atalanta FC player is a glue that binds the midfield with the forward line. Kessie’s presence has added a fine balance for the Nerazzurri’s.
Kessie plays in the Central midfield as well as in the defensive midfield but is a dangerous operator inside the box. The midfielder has netted 7 goals in 20 games so far this season with 3 assists to his name. Kessie’s coordination with forwards Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic has looked stable. The 25-year-old has enjoyed a healthy partnership with midfielders Hakan Calhanoglu and Jens Petter Hauge. Kessie had stated manager Stefano Pioli has managed the team quite well.
#2 Sergej Milinkovic Savic (SS Lazio)
Milinkovic has added flexibility and fluency in the midfield. The Serbian can operate comfortably from both sides of the flanks and is a smart negotiator with his accurate passing skills. The former KRC Genk player plays in the Central midfield but due to his attacking prowess can also play as an attacking midfielder.
The 25-year-old can find space with his creative and smart movements. The midfielder has netted 4 goals in 18 games so far this season with 7 assists to his name. Milinkovic has colluded well with forwards Ciro Immobile and Felipe Caicedo. Milinkovic’s coordination with midfielders Joaquin Correa and Luis Alberto has also added attacking flair in the midfield.
#3 Gaetano Castrovilli (ACF Fiorentina)
Castrovilli is one of the precious finds for ACF Fiorentina in recent years. The 23-year-old is known for his deceptive speed and clever one-touch passes. The former Cremonese FC player can trouble the opposition with his dribbles and his ability to score goals during the run of play can surprise the opposition.
Castrovilli has scored 4 goals in 19 games so far this season with 1 assist to his name. The midfielder’s strategic combination with midfielders Franck Ribery, Giacomo Bonaventura, Borja Valero and Erick Pulgar has added cohesion in the midfield. The Italian has showcased brilliant control combined with his fine distribution.
#4 Luis Alberto (SS Lazio)
Alberto’s adaptability and intelligent positioning have come in handy for I Biancocelesti. The 28-year-old’s ability to create long passes during open play has created problems for the opposition. The Spaniard can get into the goal-scoring position quickly with his speed and swift movements.
The midfielder provides enough options in the midfield due to his attacking style of play. Alberto has scored 6 goals in 18 games so far this season. Alberto’s coordination with midfielders Joaquin Correa and Sergej Milinkovic has provided a fine balance of attacking and defensive options in the midfield. Manager Simone Inzaghi has always admired former Liverpool FC player’s play and has relied on him in the midfield.
# 5 Hakan Calhanoglu (AC Milan)
Calhanoglu’s biggest strength is his ability to change his style of play as per the opposition’s game. His cross running combined with his dribbles can put the opposition in two minds. Calhanoglu is an all-round player and is considered a smart playmaker who can pick the gaps in the opposition’s half to create opportunities.
The Turkey International is a deadly scoring option with his destructive free kicks and his ability to score during set-pieces. Although the 27-year-old has scored only 1 goal in 18 games so far this season he has contributed with 9 assists. The midfielder has also netted 1 goal in 3 Europa League games so far this season. Due to Calhanoglu’s attacking style of play, he is more considered as an attacking midfielder. Manager Stefano Pioli has shown immense faith in the playmaker’s abilities.