With match-day twenty-five of Serie A action behind us, some players are beginning to emerge as crucial parts to their team while others are declining. Who’s trending up and who’s trending down?
This piece will look at the form of players from week twenty-two to week twenty-five. We have previously covered until week 19 here. Without further ado, here’s who’s been on form in recent weeks.
Serie A Stock Watch: Weeks 22-25
Juan Cuadrado, midfielder, Juventus.
The Colombian has been in fine form for Juventus for the past month and is now a crucial part to Massimiliano Allegri’s side. In his last three games, Cuadrado scored the winner against Frosinone and forced an own-goal from Genoa’s Sebastian De Maio. While he did not get his name on the scoresheet against Napoli, the 27-year-old pegged Faouzi Ghoulam deep in his defensive zone and was also defensively astute himself. With Juventus set to enter a crucial stretch, Cuadrado’s unpredictability will certainly help them.
Carlos Bacca, striker, Milan.
Another Colombian is trending upwards as Carlos Bacca’s recent performances have Milan fans dreaming of an unlikely Champions League birth. In his last seven games, the former Sevilla man has six goals and one assist. More importantly, it hasn’t taken him many shots due to this. In the 12 games that Bacca has scored, his goal has come from his first shot on ten occasions. Can you say clinical? Even if Champions League football will be difficult to achieve, the 29-year-old has his men firing on all cylinders.
Daniel Ciofani, striker, Frosinone.
Frosinone have life! At the moment, they find themselves in the last relegation spot just three points back of Sampdoria. Daniel Ciofani has played a big role in their mini-revival as he gifted his side the three points against Empoli with his brace. In the next six weeks, Frosinone will take on Genoa, Carpi, Udinese and Sampdoria and will have the opportunity to climb out of the trap zone. Should they succeed in this respect, expect Ciofani to be one of their better performers.
Éder, forward, Inter.
The Italo-Brazilian was once of the hottest players in the league earlier in the season when he was at Sampdoria. Since moving to Inter, however, Éder hasn’t delivered what was expected from him and has struggled to adjust to life in Milan. The forward has been completely kept off the scoresheet in the last three games including games against Chievo and cellar dwellers Hellas Verona. In addition, he looked extremely lacklustre in Inter’s defeat to Fiorentina most recently. With the Euros looming, he will hope to find his form again or risk missing out.
Alejandro Gomez, forward, Atalanta.
In the January transfer window, Atalanta were active in selling off some of their players including their talisman German Denis, Maxi Moralez and promising midfielder Alberto Grassi. As a result, they have taken a hit in the standings and are winless in their last ten fixtures. This has also had an effect on Alejandro Gomez who hasn’t found the back of the net in over a month. The Argentine was previously on pace for a career year but has since fallen off immensely.
Andrea Ranocchia, defender, Sampdoria.
If there’s one team in Serie A that’s living dangerously it’s Sampdoria. The blucerchiati are only three points ahead of the last relegation spot and are struggling. Andrea Ranocchia, who recently joined from Inter on loan, hasn’t helped shore up the defence and has instead piled on their woes. In his debut for Montella’s side against Torino, the former Bari man turned the ball over carelessly and began his Sampdoria career in the worst possible fashion. Ranocchia and co. would then go on to lose to Roma and draw the struggling Atalanta. Is relegation a real possibility for Sampdoria? It very well could be if they continue like this.