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Domenico Berardi tucks in his 12th goal of the campaign against Livorno from the spot.
Loan Club: Sassuolo
Domenico Berardi is the youngest player on this list but arguably the one with the best chance of being on the field for Juventus next year.
Berardi turned heads a year ago when he scored 11 times in helping the Neroverdi to their first-ever promotion to the top flight.
This year in Serie A he's already surpassed that. His penalty against Livorno was his 12th goal this season, pulling him ahead of Carlos Tevez in the race for capocannoniere.
Berardi has scored a pair of hat-tricks this year. He put in three away to Sampdoria in a 4-3 win in November, then scored four in a famous win against AC Milan in Sassuolo's last match of the andata (first half of the season).
Critics can point to the high number of penalties in Berardi's goal total—five, to be exact—but this can go both ways. On the one hand, Berardi can be accused of padding his total from the spot. On the other, Sassuolo trusts a player as young as Berardi with the responsibility of being their primary penalty-taker.
Furthermore, Berardi's four-goal performance against Milan was a master class, as all four came from open play. His first goal came from an acute angle after slipping through Milan's back line and receiving a long diagonal ball from Jasmin Kurtic. His second was taken from an even crazier position, taking his own rebound off of Daniele Bonera and firing a shot into the near corner.
Goal No. 3 came when he again slipped Milan's line and slammed a first-timer past a helpless Christian Abbiati on an overhead ball from Alessandro Longhi. Kurtic was again the provider two minutes after the half, with Berardi latching onto his grounded cross and hitting a first-time shot that was deflected into the goal.
Berardi is equally effective on either wing and in the center. Naturally left-footed, his ability on the left of a three-man front line must be tantalizing to Conte, who could use all the wing help he can get as he tries to transition to a more usable 4-3-3. The rest of Berardi's rights will be more expensive than the first half, but if he's not on Juventus' roster next year, it would be a huge surprise.