In most countries, the football season is coming to an end which means we are going to have all kinds of awards including Player Of The Year, Young Player Of The Year etc. from all of the leagues. This got me thinking, who makes the Team Of The Season of players who are going
to have a bright, bright future according to this season’s performances.
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma, AC Milan
This is an obvious pick who most of you already saw coming. The AC Milan superstar was born on 25th February 1999 and broke into the spotlight in the 2015/2016 season, but he has kept on learning and improving massively throughout the 2016/2017 season.
He still makes some silly mistakes, but that’s the part of progressing to become a world class keeper, which he will surely be one day. Already standing 6″5 tall with a strong core, he has all the physical traits to keep shining through the years to come. Donnarumma kept 11 clean sheets during this season, which is incredible considering the weakness of Milan’s defence. He made 3.12 saves per goal which is great, considering Gianluigi Buffon only makes 2.57 saves per goal.
Right Centre Back: Milan Škriniar, Sampdoria
The Slovakian strong defender has had a great breakthrough season. He was a regular starter in a decent Sampdoria side which he joined in January 2016 from Slovakian giants MŠK Žilina.
Being just 22 he is still a really young prospect, at least for a centre-back, and he has his whole career still in front of him. He has made an astonishing 5.27 clearances per game this season, while arguably the best centre-back in the world Leonardo Bonucci makes a solid 3.5 clearances per game. He is also amazing with his feet, completing 45 passes per game with a spectacular accuracy of 91%.
Central center back: Mattia Caldara, Atalanta (Owned by Juventus)
Mattia Caldara was arguably the breakthrough of the season in Serie A. He has already been hailed as the future of Italian defenders (along with Daniele Rugani and Alessio Romagnoli), now that the likes of Chiellini and Barzagli and getting older and older.
Caldara enjoyed a fantastic season with Atalanta, who will play in Europe for the first time in 26 years. The 23 year old Italian absolutely smashed the leagues defensive statistics, making 5.4 clearances, 0.8 blocks, and 3,4 interceptions per game.
That is better than Giorgio Chiellini’s or Leonardo Bonucci’s defensive numbers this season. He also scored 7 goals which is great for a centre- back. Caldara was bought by Juventus in January 2017, but was loaned straight back to Atalanta for the remainder of the 2016/17 season and the 2017/18 season as well.
Left center back: Wesley Hoedt, Lazio
Wesley Hoedt is a 23 year old Dutch defender, who is broke to the national team in 2016/17, making 2 appearances for the KNVB. He has been a regular first team player for Lazio alongside his fellow Dutchman Stefan De Vrij, who has already made a name for himself in the Biancazzurri side. Hoedt has it all as a defender: pace, toughness and an eye to tackle. He has been a key player in Lazio’s rise to Europe this season, and will only get better with time.
Right wing back: Pol Lirola, Sassuolo (Owned by Juventus)
The Spaniard on-loan at Sassuolo from Juventus has made a name for himself this season. This was his first season playing at senior level and he’s made the most of it by playing in 20 Serie A fixtures this season.
He is only 19 years of age and this is just the beginning of his career, but he has already shown that he is capable to do some serious business down the right flank.
At Sassuolo, he had to play more in a Right Back role, but I think he would be best suited for a wing back role as his best traits are in the attacking side of the game. Keep his name on your mind for the following years.
Left wing back: Davide Calabria, AC Milan
Yes, Calabria is more suited to the right hand side, but is equally capable to do his job on the left flank. He is a youth exponent from Milan and has made his breakthrough in to the first team following some injury problems with Milan’s defence.
Calabria is really fast and a great dribbler, completing 69% of his dribbles. He is only 20 years old and still has a lot to learn, but the future surely looks bright. Only making 11 league appearances this season, he should make a lot more due to Milan full-back Ignazio Abate getting older and Mattia De Sciglio potentially leaving.
Right center midfielder: Franck Kessie, Atalanta
The Ivorian powerhouse has set the league on fire with his energy and strength on and off the ball. He joined the Atalanta first team this season, after a loan spell with Serie B side Cesena.
Kessie’s strengths are definitely his strength and carrying the ball forward from midfield. He averages 1.5 successful take on’s per game, completing 67% of them. He also contributes in a lot of goals from midfield, scoring 6 and assisting 3 this season. He is likely to join Milan or Roma this summer in a big money move.
Central center midfielder: Manuel Locatelli, AC Milan
The 19 year old Italian broke in to the spotlight after scoring an impressive 1-0 winner over Juventus early on this season, and has been there since.
He is Milan’s very own product and has had his fair share of first team football during the 2016/17 season and looks to be getting more going forward.
Locatelli is decent in the air due to being 6″2 tall, completing 52% of his aerial duels. His most favourable position is in that deep lying midfielder role, opening play from deep and breaking up the play. He completes a solid 52 passes per game with a decent 82% success rate.
Left center midfielder: Amadou Diawara, Napoli
Being named the next Yaya Toure even though he is from Guinea, Diawara has broken into the starting eleven of a tough Napoli midfield this season. Diawara is kind of a similar player to Franck Kessie, being a strong midfielder who is great at dribbling and carrying the ball forward.
He is also amazing on the ball, completing 90% of his passes which he makes a solid 68 per game. He already got a taste of Champions League football this season, and had the privilege to play against Real Madrid and really showed the world what he can do. The future is definitely bright for this young Guinean.
Right striker: Patrik Schick, Sampdoria
Schick is the next big thing coming out of the Czech Republic and proved that this season. He joined Sampdoria in summer 2016 from Sparta Praga for 4 million Euros, and has been worth every single penny of that.
The 21 year old striker has scored an impressive 11 goals in his debut season, with a couple of beauties as well. He is 6″2 tall and really quick, which is obviously great for a striker.
He also has an impressive shot accuracy of 59% which is great, considering that’s the exact same that Gonzalo Higuain has had this season. Schick is heavily linked to Juventus this summer, which could be the beginning to his days as a top level goal scorer.
Left striker: Andrea Petagna, Atalanta
This 21 year old Italian has been a definite key asset to Atalanta’s great season, scoring 5 times, but more importantly assisting 7 goals while creating a staggering 54 chances for his teammates.
Petagna is an amazing target man, being 6″3 tall and winning 40% of his aerial duels, which is great for a striker. He is really strong on the ball and is great at holding the ball while waiting for his teammates to run forward.
He is most likely going to be a key asset for the Italian national side in the future, and maybe even for a big club. Definitely worth keeping an eye on for the future.
There is tons and tons of talented players with bags of potential, but you can only fit in 11 in a team so some of them had to miss out. This is my first eleven of youngsters who will be superstars in the future.