5 Serie A Youngsters Primed to Take the Next Step

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5 Serie A Youngsters Primed to Take the Next Step
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Domenico Berardi, in his new No. 10 jersey, is poised to take a huge step in his development this year.

For the better part of the last decade, Serie A has been handicapped by the dual blows of the Calciopoli scandal and the Italian financial crisis. The former saw the league's top clubs crippled, while the latter has seen Italian clubs lag behind their foreign counterparts in their ability to pay transfer fees and wages.

That inability to purchase and pay more established stars has made it more important than ever for clubs to develop their young players. If Italian teams want to reach the highest levels of European competition again, they will have to do it by assembling teams of young, inexpensive players and complementing them with talent from the transfer market.

Today we'll look at the future of Serie A. Here are five young players who are poised to take the next step in their development and turn into true stars in the near future.

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