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10. Vincenzo Fiorillo (Sampdoria)
Not long ago, this youngster received a call from the best goalkeeper in the world. Gigi Buffon rang to tell him he was on the right track and to keep on working that way. Perhaps if Sampdoria were brave enough to throw him in for a Serie A chance then he could also have the opportunity to become a record breaker.

9. Fabiano Santacroce (Napoli)
Fabio Cannavaro claimed this kid could soon become his heir at the San Paolo. He will have to smooth his instinctive character though, since he gets booked quite regularly, but the potential is clearly there. For a defender of his age to be called to represent the Azzurri is a sign of his importance.

8. Luca Cigarini (Atalanta)
Think of Andrea Pirlo and that is pretty much what you will see in Luca Cigarini. A modern playmaker able to deliver fantastic long balls, he is less effective from set pieces than the Rossoneri ace. Luca is, however, much more gifted when it comes to defending. Atalanta wouldn't have spent all that cash on him otherwise.

7. Domenico Criscito (Genoa)
Marassi is the perfect environment for this young athlete, who felt unsettled in his first three months at Juventus last year. With the Grifone 'Mimmo' returned to his high level performances. Can cover different positions and is technically skilled enough to even play in midfield one day.

6. Robert Acquafresca (Cagliari)
At the end of the current season Robert Acquafresca will most likely return to Inter, because the time has come for him to play with one of Italy's big boys. Massimo Moratti is fascinated by this youngster, who is a Nerazzurri fan and will be excited to play at San Siro. Inter's next generation will be counting on him.

5. Claudio Marchisio (Juventus)
By taking the place of Christian Poulsen in Juve’s midfield, Claudio Marchisio proved he is competitive enough to represent the Old Lady and be called upon by Marcello Lippi as well. The year spent at Empoli made him a better player and he is now set to become a Bianconeri hero. The new Claudio Gentile is born.

4. Davide Santon (Inter)
Hailed as the new Giacinto Facchetti, this diligent youngster is already an Inter regular – taking the place of Maxwell. The highlight of his season was the way he dealt with Cristiano Ronaldo. Jose Mourinho was impressed by the attitude and elegance of this old fashioned full-back who has a great future ahead of him.

3. Mario Balotelli (Inter)
His behavioural problems may be affecting his growth, but Marco Balotelli is way too talented to be left out of the top three. He has just recently shown signs of improvement earning several appearances with Inter. Strong character and hot headed, Mario could be inspired by his teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic and has what it takes to earn a world-class reputation.

2. Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal)
This New Jersey boy, brought up in Manchester by Sir Alex Ferguson, has already established himself with La Nazionale. Giuseppe is the traditional shadow striker who can also score goals galore. Playing with Spanish outfit Villarreal, he was one of the last Italians left in the Champions League. We wonder how long will be before we see him in calcio action again – the sooner they bring him home the better.

1. Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus)
The Atomic Ant may one day take the glorious Juve No 10 shirt off of Alessandro Del Piero, but for now he will be keen to learn from the legendary Bianconeri captain. His willingness to adapt to different positions shows great maturity. Skilled and fast like no other, he has so far proved that stature and strength count little compared to pure talent. That's why Sebastian can be considered the destiny child of Italian football.




This list is from Channel4. No, not a definitive list but a good springboard to a discussion. Anybody notice that a certain club is nowhere to be seen on this list?
 

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No, not Man U. :(
 

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Sad thing is this team I have in mind wouldn't even have any youth players playing for the team. They are farmed out never to be seen again or are not even italian (but those guys never play either).
 

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We're all about young Brazilian talents. Who needs Italian talent? At the rate FIFA are making progress with this 6+5 rule there seems no need. :stuckup:
 

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Lord knows we are not about uruguayan talent. ;)


I think we might have one two guys on the top 20 or 25 list if this included players on loan. Abate and Di Gennaro are highly thought of.

Numbers one and two are the guys on this list who I think could actually help our cause. Maybe STanton, too, since defensive depth is always useful. Santacroce, too.
 

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Yeah Santon would be nice but we've screwed Inter over so many times in the mercato that I don't think they'd let us have him. ;)

I'd take most of the players on that list, apart from Balotelli, who's a ****.
 

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Where the hell is Palo? :mad: Channel 4 can suck Palo's oddo
Manchester United? Macheda, Possebon and Petrucci.
Possebon is Brazilian and a friend of Pato at Internacional;)
 
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