#2 Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina)
It’s fair to say that it hasn’t been a successful few years for Italian football. There was a bit of a challenge from Napoli last season, but Juventus have now dominated the league for seven years. On the international stage, they suffered the embarrassment of failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. There are some bright young talents coming through to help restore them to former glories, and Chiesa is probably the brightest of the lot.
The 20-year-old is set to begin his third senior season with Fiorentina, unless the rumours of a £62 million move away from Italy prove to be true. He is the sort of winger who excites fans, and defenders don’t wish to come up against. He is fast, direct, tricky, and capable of playing on both the right and left flanks. Fiorentina missed out on qualification for the Europa League last season, so his only exposure will be in Italy, but he is a quality player, and could really make a name for himself over the next 12 months.Published 26 Jul 2018, 21:30 IST