The producers of this season’s soap opera seem to have missed out on a wealth of talent from top playmakers, goal scorers and ruthless defenders not on anybody’s wish list this summer.
Alex Cordaz (Crotone)
The fact that he is 34 years old might be the biggest reason no team approached the goalkeeper. With five clean sheets in the final six fixtures for Crotone last season, Cordaz was the main man that sent Davide Nicola cycling back to his home town in Turin.
Davide Zappacosta (Torino)
Zappacosta certainly stepped up his game last season, making the starting line-up 25 times, doubling the tally from his first Toro campaign. The right back made five assists, four of them came from his pinpoint crosses, better than any other full-back in Serie A.
Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)
After a spectacular Atalanta fourth-place finish, all eyes were on Juventus purchase Mattia Caldara and Milan’s Andrea Conti, forgetting partner in crime Toloi. The Brazilian centre-back left his opponents frustrated and unable to free themselves with skillful tackles. Toloi made 106 interceptions, more than any Serie A player last season.
Antonio Barreca (Torino)
Even more impressive than his first Serie A campaign were his destructive displays in the U-21 Euros. The Italian left-back showcased his ability to damage opposition attempts in attack and with more work on his ability to build moves from the back, he will surely rule his flank.
Miralem Pjanic (Juventus)
Barcelona opted to pay all that cash on a midfielder from Guangzhou Evergrande and bargain insane numbers on Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho instead of approaching Pjanic. The Bosnian midfielder has vastly improved his defensive game, beside his astonishing ability to make lofty passes to his teammates upfront.
The fact Jorginho can’t even get a call-up for Italy nowadays is downright mystifying. Holding the highest average passes per game in Serie A last season and setting the highest six records of touches per game in the last 10 years, the relentless Jorginho is one of the most underrated midfielders in Serie A.
Jose Callejon (Napoli)
It is weird to find Callejon on this list, but with the scintillating football produced by Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens, the Spaniard did not make any transfer headlines this summer. Callejon has managed 12 assists in the previous campaign, better than any other Serie A player, not to forget the 14 goals he bagged.
Valter Birsa (Chievo)
The Milan outcast has shone the brightest for the Gialloblu, as Birsa scored seven goals and assisted nine last term. No Rossoneri player had a better record than the one set by the Slovenian playmaker that season.
Felipe Anderson (Lazio)
Two seasons back he was on top of Manchester United’s wish-list when Louis van Gaal was in charge. The Brazilian set a new personal best of nine assists last campaign and dancing feet that completed 117 successful dribbles, better than any Serie A player. It remains a mystery how Felipe Anderson is not wanted at least as much as teammate Keita Balde Diao.
Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta)
The Argentinean winger has reached double figures for the first time in Serie A, both for goals and assists. Il Papu left Italy back in 2013 for a brief stint at Metalist Kharkiv, but here he is now leading Atalanta in the Europa League after writing a historic chapter with the club last term.
Ciro Immobile (Lazio)
The former Capocannoniere was once lost, but now is found. After two dreadful spells with Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla, Immobile returned to Italy for Lazio, scoring 23 goals in one season. It was actually an improvement on his top scorer tally of 22 for Torino in 2013-14.