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Sinisa Mihajlovic and a host of talented young players point to European ambitions, writes Stuart Monteith.

Miha takes Toro control

With the departure of long-serving Coach Giampiero Ventura for the Italy job, Torino fans will be hoping that their team can continue to build on the good work done in previous years. Having finished 12th last season, new Toro boss Sinisa Mihajlovic is eyeing up a European spot for his new charges.

The new boss comes with a wealth of Serie A management experience from Fiorentina, Sampdoria and most recently Milan. He will feel that he has a point to prove following his dismissal from the Rossoneri in April.

The departure of last season’s captain Kamil Glik will leave a big hole to fill both in terms of defensive ability and leadership, however the club will hope that the remaining defenders can step up as replacements.

All eyes will be on Cesare Bovo and Nikola Maksimovic, with both having the opportunity to make a permanent starting spot in defence their own.

In midfield the arrival of Adem Ljajic, Iago Falque, Panagiotis Tachtsidis and Sasa Lukic will add extra creativity and attacking threat to the Granata.

In attack, Toro will be hoping that Andrea Belotti can build on his impressive debut season, in which he scored 12 goals. The young Italian striker will aim to receive improved service from the new arrivals in midfield, helping him to exceed his goal tally from last term.

Key for Mihajlovic could be maintaining the services of Bruno Peres. With reported interest from Manchester City and Arsenal, the player may find the lure of such a move hard to resist. However, if the Brazilian does stay he will play a big part in plans for the season, with the Coach sure to consider him as one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Coach - Sinisa Mihajlovic

The experienced Coach will be looking to bounce back from his dismissal following a mixed spell at Milan last season. The former Serbian national team tactician can draw on his vast experience gained in management to build on the solid foundations left by Giampiero Ventura, bringing extra grit to the side.

Star player - Bruno Peres

Fans of the Granata hope they can retain the services of the adventurous wing-back in the face of interest from larger clubs. The 26-year-old proved last season with his defensive play and flair for attacking runs, that he is an important player for Torino.

Best buy - Adem Ljajic

The 24-year-old winger will look to recapture his best form as he is reunited with his former manager at Toro. The €8.5m signing will look to repay the faith shown in him by the large transfer fee and he will add an extra attacking threat to his side.

Azzurri prospect - Andrea Belotti

The young striker intends to build on an impressive debut season in which he scored 12 goals. Il Gallp will be keen to catch the eye of his former Coach Ventura as he seeks to force himself in to contention for the Italy squad.

One who got away - Emanuele Giaccherini

Following a string of impressive performances at Euro 2016, Torino appeared to be on the verge of an impressive coup as talks with the player reached an advanced stage. Toro might rue the player’s decision to move to Napoli if he performs as expected over the season.

Probable line-up

Padelli; Maksimovic, Bovo, Moretti; Bruno Peres, Baselli, Gazzi, LJAJIC, Silva; IAGO FALQUE, Belotti

Prediction - Europa League