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Angelo Ogbonna is enjoying a phenomenal year.
It started with his selection for the Italian national team for this summer's Euro 2012 competition, keeping company with the likes of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. While he didn't make an appearance, it was enough to give his confidence a tremendous boost.
Come the start of the 2012-13 Serie A season, the Frosinone-born central defender was ready to shine.
After eight league appearances this campaign, Ogbonna has averaged an impressive 2.3 tackles and 3.5 interceptions per game. While his defensive work is solid, it's his ball skills that has Europe's heavyweights purring.
A 94 percent pass completion rate, including an average of 7.1 accurate long balls per game is good for fourth-best in European football.
Perhaps a more appropriate question is who wouldn't want him?