The new season of Italian Serie A league has starter this weekend.
More than €1 billion worth of fresh faces could take to the field this weekend when the 2019/20 Serie A kicks off.
The summer transfer market has been a strong one for Italian clubs. Talent and excitement run deep throughout the division as Italy’s top flight sides have managed to lure a number of players that are expected to deliver.
Here are the Top 5 new Serie A exciting buys.
5. Takehiro Tomiyasu – Bologna
The unflappable Tomiyas ’s breakthrough 2019 has exhibited no sign of abating.
A return to Japan’s fold in January witnessed the 20-year-old emerge, comfortably, as the Asian Cup’s most-accomplished defender. Further solid form when minnows Saint-Truiden finished seventh in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League was reinforced by a Copa America from which not even a cruel handball versus Colombia could diminish his notable impact.
The subsequent move to Bologna has brought Tomiyasu into contact with Sinisa Mihajlovic, an accomplished defender from his playing days. Early impressions have clearly been positive, judging by the call to start the new boy – at right-back – in this week’s 3-0 walkover of Pisa in the Coppa Italia’s third round.
Tomiyasu’s physicality is matched by a refinement in possession shared by few. This is a prospect who could blossom in the coming months.
4. Valentino Lazaro – Inter Milan
Inter’s summer was dominated by a lengthy – and ultimately successful – pursuit of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. This distraction ensured other promising business went under the radar. Ignorance that is exacerbated in Lazaro’s case by a nagging thigh injury that dogged pre-season.
Once he is fully fit and veteran Antonio Candreva is back on the substitutes’ bench, however, his profile is guaranteed to grow. It was no mistake that one of the first acts of new head coach Antonio Conte’s reign was to land the multi-faceted Austria international.
Wing-backs capable of making an impression in both halves are crucial in the ex-Juventus supremo’s trademark 3-4-3/3-5-2 formations.
Only three Bundesliga midfielders produced more assists than Lazaro’s 11 since November 2017. Defensive duties were not ignored at Hertha, where in 2018/19 he was in their top 10 tacklers (1.5) and clearance makers (1.7) per match.