- Center Midfielder
Overview: The teenage Italian was signed by Roma in the Nainggolan swap with Inter, a move that flew under the radar. Known as an attacking midfielder with excellent ball control and decision making, it’s not too much of a surprise Roberto Mancini called him up to the senior Nazionale.
The Latest: Zaniolo earned the start against Real Madrid and was thrown into the deep-end in one of the most unforgiving cathedrals of world football. One downside is that he only completed 18 passes, significantly less than the other midfielders. There was a flash of potential as he created a chance for Under to score, but his debut will be marred by the 3-0 defeat. He played 54 minutes before being replaced by Lorenzo Pellegrini.
Current National Team: Senior Azzurri
Spin: If Zaniolo had made an appearance for Italy, it would have put him on level of Javier Mascherano as one of the few players who had debuted for the senior national team before making an appearance in a top flight match.