Ranking the best Serie A Premier League exports this season
The summer 2020 transfer window has been a quieter affair than we’re used to, but we have seen some exciting moves confirmed in Europe nonetheless.
Italy has become a hotbed for current and former Premier League stars in recent years, and many have turned their careers from flops in England to pops in Italy.
Romelu Lukaku is currently destroying Serie A in his second year away from Manchester United and is expected to win the scudetto with Inter to end their decade-long drought. Excellent business, well done.
But among the new arrivals this year (including those who completed permanent moves after previous loans), which sheds light on series A this year?
Southampton fans were probably scratching their heads in bewilderment as to how Wesley Hoedt had earned a return to Lazio this summer, after his disastrous performance for the Saints.
Well, this is just a loan deal with an option to buy, and more importantly, it really was a last resort in looking for a backup. Injuries dictated when the Dutchman entered the pitch this season and, well, he’s been a disaster.
Key mistakes and shots on goal in massive matches tell the story of a man who is forced to play at a level far above his own.
Having seen all the success Inter have had in the raids Man utd’s most unwanted, Lazio had a rift with Andreas Pereira. A goal and an assist in 16 partial appearances stink of a man who has yet to find his level.
In fairness to the midfielder, it’s almost impossible to move Sergej Milinkovic-Savic or Luis Alberto out of the Aquile engine room, and he has had little chance to claim a starting spot.
It wasn’t the new start Pereira was hoping for, that’s for sure.
Roma has become a bit of a retirement home in recent times, and the arrival of over 30 Pedro came as a little surprise. The Spaniard received a heroic welcome upon landing in the Italian capital and sent his new supporters into chaos when he struck a stunning winner against Udinese.
It was at the start of the season, and he hasn’t done much else since. The 33-year-old has suffered injuries that have ruled him out for much of the campaign, but he’s back and is hoping to make a difference.
There is no better time than the present, Pedro.
Man Utd got into the habit of getting rid of his misfits in Italy, and Milan were more than happy to get rid of Diogo Dalot. Unfortunately for the Portuguese defender, the Rossoneri are stacked in this position.
Theo Hernandez and Davide Calabria have dazzled the full-back this season, and Dalot has limited himself to impressing in the Europa League, where, in all fairness, he has done a good job.
He did start against Verona on Sunday, however, and scored a howl in a 2-0 win. The start of a race in the side?
Tiemoue Bakayoko has definitely found its place in Italy. The Frenchman endured a miserable spell in England with Chelsea, but temporary spells with Milan and Napoli helped him regain Tiger’s Eye.
Now anchored in the Partenopei midfielder, the 26-year-old is a regular player and looks good at home. Make this permanent, Tiemoue, and drop it Chelsea dream.
This one is a bit of a surprise. It’s no news that Roberto Pereyra is full of potential and can be a match winner on this day. The problem is, that day doesn’t come often enough.
After suffering relegation with Watford, the Argentine took the underground evacuation tunnel to Udine, where he now enjoys the comfort of mid-table in Italy.
Pereyra was instrumental in that average success, scoring three goals and having five assists in Serie A. Much better than fighting in the league.
Smalldini is back in Italy! Chris Smalling was a revelation when he loaned out to Roma last season, so much so that the Giallorossi made the move permanent this summer.
Unfortunately, the England center-back was not the hero of the last year, although, admittedly, it is not his fault. The 31-year-old has been riddled with fitness issues but now appears to have come out the other side of that dark tunnel.
Smalling is back and he will be crucial for all four of Roma’s main ambitions.
Inter bet on Alexis Sanchez in 2019/20, and although he received a cruel blow early on, he still did enough to convince the Nerazzurri to make that loan permanent.
And given that he really does play the second violin role behind Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, the Chilean hasn’t let him down. He has scored five goals and five assists, including a vital brace in a recent 2-1 win over Parma.
If Inter finally ends their title drought, then Sanchez can sound quietly on his grand piano, knowing that he has played his part.
This deal came to fruition in January 2020, and it could be one of the biggest for Milan in the past decade. The Rossoneri struggled for defensive cover and poor form from captain Alessio Romagnoli forced Stefano Pioli into action in the winter window.
Paolo Maldini’s silky and sultry voice was enough to convince Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori to join the Italian giants on loan, with an option to buy at the end of the season.
He saw his opportunities limited, as Pioli tried to stand alongside his captain, but when he got the chance to shine he grabbed it with both hands. Tomori’s performance in a 2-1 win over Roma was particularly impressive. He looks made for Serie A football.
The 32-year-old has scored 18 goals in 25 appearances – that’s nine goals and nine assists, to be exact – and he’s the talisman of this offensive Roma team.
The Armenian aims to send the Giallorossi back to Champions League qualification, a step he more than deserves for his formidable form and undeniable talents.