With match-day twenty-eight 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-six to week twenty-eight. We have previously covered until week 25 here. Without further ado, here’s who’s been on form in recent weeks.
Serie A Stock Watch: Weeks 26-28
Leonardo Bonucci: The Juventus defender has been in fine form for Juventus over the past month and has played a major role in Gianluigi Buffon’s clean sheet record. The bianconeri’s goal has not been breached in Serie A since Antonio Cassano scored a consolation goal against them on January 10th. With the Italian champions currently holding a three point lead over second place Napoli, their defence has been the major difference between the two sides. In addition, the former Bari man scored the crucial winner against fierce rivals Inter last weekend to claim the three points. With performances like these, Bonucci will emerge as Italy’s best defender in no time.
Nicola Sansone: The 24-year-old rarely gets the plaudits as he is constantly overshadowed by Domenico Berardi but you could argue that he’s been the better winger this season. In his last three games against Empoli, Lazio and Milan, Sansone scored one goal and registered two assists. Yesterday against Milan, the winger was dangerous in possession and gave his fullback all sorts of problems going forward. With Sassuolo pushing for a spot in Europe, performances like this will be something that Eusebio Di Francesco will count on.
Stephan El Shaarawy: Il Faraone is making all Milan fans wonder what could have been as he’s been in sensational form for Roma. Under Luciano Spalletti, El Shaarawy has really come into his own on the left wing and has scored five goals and two assists in six Serie A appearances. The 23-year-old has developed almost instant chemistry with Diego Perotti and Mohamed Salah and have routinely terrorized Serie A defences in the past few weeks. In their last three fixtures against Carpi, Empoli and Fiorentina, the giallorossi have scored ten goals. If he continues like this, a ticket to France is a mere formality.