Which teams need the most help this season?
As the season draws to a close, the list of players to look out for during the coming weeks is still very much in flux.
The most important players to watch are the midfielders who have been the bedrock of their success this season, namely Antonio Cassano and Carlos Bacca.
The two are in line to see the bulk of their time with the starting XI this season after a string of injuries forced them out of the side this past campaign.
Both have made their mark in the league with the Brazilian anchoring the right wing, while Cassano has excelled in midfield this term.
Bacca, meanwhile, has taken the reins in the midfield and made the difference between a strong team that has taken on top of the table and a team that is still struggling to find its feet.
This season he has provided the constant inspiration for the team’s midfield as he has scored three times, including an incredible free-kick in the 2-1 win over Sampdoria in the Serie A title.
Both of these midfielders are currently on loan at Inter, while the former is currently on trial at Palermo, while Bacca is currently in the process of returning to his homeland after spending a year on loan with Napoli.
Both have had their best seasons in the first team, with Cassano making the most of his chances and Bacca having the ability to score goals in difficult situations.
This has seen him put up double figures in assists, goals and assists in all competitions.
Both midfielders have had very good seasons so far, so why is it they are not in the starting eleven?
This question has been asked more often in recent years than it would be reasonable to expect, with both of these players being relatively new to the Serie B side.
Cassano’s time at Sampdori has been a complete surprise to the rest of the squad, and his time with Inter was nothing short of a complete disaster.
He was loaned out to Bologna for four months in a bid to secure his long-term future with the Nerazzurri, only for the Nerazos to sell him to Milan for a measly €2.5 million.
It was an absolute flop for the Rossoneri, who are currently in second place, and it only made things worse for Bacca, who struggled with the Italian club’s style of play and the fact that he had never played for a Serie B club.
After his loan spell in Italy, Cassano was brought back to Sampdorf by Inter in January, but he struggled to adapt to the Italian style and has struggled to find his way in the side.
This is something that has put him under significant pressure at Inter this season.
While his loan spells at both clubs has not been without its ups and downs, he has not managed to get the best out of himself in Italy.
Bacca has been the more consistent performer, but this has seen the Spaniard struggle to make an impact at Inter and Napoli this season and has cost him dearly.
Baco is the player to watch as he looks to put his form back on track for the future and regain his form from the 2015-16 season.
His form has been good, and with Sampdora and Bolognese, the former could be set to be the mainstay of the starting line-up.BACCO has been an important part of the Sampdorinos’ recent success, with a brace in the 3-2 win over Napoli and a second-half penalty against Inter.
He has made his name as a prolific and direct finisher, and although he is yet to score, he is currently leading the Serie C standings with seven goals and two assists.
This season has been Bacca’s best yet.
He is proving to be a reliable threat on the left flank, and has proven to be an important player for the club as a whole, scoring seven goals this season to go with his four assists.
While Bacca may be struggling at times in Serie B, he can still provide a goal-scoring threat.BECAUSE HE IS A SPARTAN, BACCO IS AN INCOMING PLAYER.
It would be a stretch to call him a ‘natural’, as the fact is that he has been playing for a lot of years and he is not just a young man.
Bacco has been at Sampas for almost a decade, and while he has struggled with fitness and playing time, he does still possess some of the best attacking skills in the country.
He would be the first to admit that he is still learning the game, but is also developing his skills in a way that will benefit him for the long term.
The fact that Bacca can now start playing on the wing should help him with his goals, but the more important factor is the amount of experience that he brings to the table.