It is said time and time again that Serie A has fallen behind because the Premier League and La Liga have massive television deals that pumps money into their clubs, while Serie A doesn’t.
This could be true of you look at it in certain ways, but in a Serie A purists eyes, it hasn’t.
Serie A is currently home to some of the greatest young talents in the world, with Lorenzo Insigne, Stephan El Shaarawy , Mattia Destro, Erik Lamela. Mateo Kovacic, Juan Quintero, Paul Pogba, Mattia De Sciglio, Mario Balotelli, Marcelo Larrondo and Mattia Perrin all plying their trade in Italy’s top flight.
If you look at the Premier League, there is not that much young talent showing through, and even those who are, are not the same quality as they are in Italy.
Eden Hazard is no doubt a quality player and would fit into most teams starting XI while Oscar has also looked promising in his first season in European football. But England’s top two sides; Manchester United and Manchester City only have one between them, which is Matija Nastasic, who came from Serie A.
La Liga is also a place where young talent can flourish, but out of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Raphael Varane is the only starting young player who is already world class.
Since the cash injection in La Liga, teams have strayed away from their youth schools and started buying more mature players, and often those who are talented, like Sergio Canales, go unnoticed.
Obviously, young talent is the way forward for every team who are looking to stay successful, as if they invest in their youth schools, their chances for success in the future will be almost assured.
The fact that there is yet to be a massive cash influx in Serie A may be a blessing and not as big of a problem as many claim.
If Serie A clubs don’t have as much money as their European rivals, they will not be as effective in the transfer market, but in the future, the players the teams create will give them great success, and will also help the Italy national team evolve.
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