Serie A is somewhat being underrated this season after relinquishing their fourth Champions League place to the Bundesliga and slipping outside of the top three leagues in UEFA's coefficient.
While it is fair to say that the Bundesliga's elite sides have performed better in European competitions and the same can also be said of the Premier League and Primera Division, Serie A appears to be developing in one particular area better than its rivals.
Youth development and opportunities in the first teams across the board is something that Serie A can be proud of over the last few campaigns, with teams looking to prosper down alternative avenues now that times are tougher financially than they once were.
The scouting in Italy is of an exceptional level and can offer tactical diversity and cultural similarities to many countries throughout perhaps the biggest market for recruiting young talent, South America.
It is not just South Americans who have been attracted to the Peninsula, with the likes of Paul Pogba opting to take his career to Italy and shun the opportunity to develop in the Premier League.
So who are the cream of the next generation? Firstly, we need to define who we are talking about, and it is fair to define young players as 23 years or below. After all, the young player awards throughout the majority of European football leagues will accept nominations for players up to this age.
Here are my top five from this season, let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments section below.