With the 2018/19 campaign almost upon us, we’ve compiled the stats from last season to come up with a top eleven based on overall number of Match Day Ranking points won.
We hope this will help guide those who are looking to add players to their portfolios with an eye on winning Match Day Dividends this season.
GK – Alisson (AS Roma)
After having emerged from the Roma bench – only replacing Wojciech Szczesny at the beginning of last season – goalkeeper Alisson shot to prominence straight away with a series of eye-catching performances. The stopper would record the best save percentage (79%) of all in his position with three or more Serie A appearances in 2017/18, earning him the number one jersey for national team Brazil and a £65 million move to Liverpool.
DF – Milan Skriniar (Inter)
This central-defender arrived at San Siro from Sampdoria last July, immediately showing the kind of form that alerted the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United. However, Skriniar seems happy to stay put at least for now, which will be to the delight of Nerazzurri supporters who saw the accomplished centre-back make more passes (2170) of anyone on the team. The Slovakian was also an ever-present in the league, playing the most minutes (3420) since Javier Zanetti in 2008/09.
DF – Raul Albiol (Napoli)
Raul Albiol arrived in Naples back in 2013 from Real Madrid and the 32-year-old has become a key component in the Partenopei backline. As part of Maurizio Sarri’s precise style of play, the Spaniard notched up an average of 80.7 passes per match, finding a team-mate with 89.5% of those attempts, demonstrating his ability on the ball as well as in his defensive duties.
DF – Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
A pillar of strength alongside Albiol in the heart of Napoli’s defence, highly sought-after Kalidou Koulibaly was rock-solid last season for the Partenopei. In addition to his defensive prowess and ability in the air, the Senegal international also scored what could have been a crucial goal in the title race. It was his towering header that handed his side a last-gasp 1-0 win over Juventus in Turin back in April, a result that truly shocked all those who looked on.
DF – Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma)
There is no way that this former Manchester City man came to Rome to retire quietly, the veteran Aleksandar Kolarov finding immediate success upon his return to Italy. The Serbia international defied his 32 years as he bombed up and down the wing, scored two goals and provided eight assists as he often looked dangerous as well as defensively diligent.
MF – Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria)
He may only be 22, but Lucas Torreira earned a spot in the starting eleven for Uruguay at the World Cup and a move to Arsenal thanks to some superb performances in Serie A for Sampdoria last season. In Russia, the midfielder worked as hard and effectively as ever, and Gunners supporters should be looking forward to seeing him in action during the forthcoming campaign.
MF – Miralem Pjanic (Juventus)
The quality of Miralem Pjanic is indisputable, and recent reports suggest he is ready to sign a new contract with Juventus after reports linked him with a plethora of different clubs this summer. It is no surprise the Bosnian is wanted by others, Pjanic effective with passing as well as influencing results. With a tally of five goals and eight assists in 2017/18, the Juve star became the only player in the league to have registered a mark of five or more in both categories.
MF – Jorginho (Napoli)
Now reunited with Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, Serie A viewers will be lamenting the loss of Jorginho, the player in the middle of the park that made the Napoli side tick. His passing figures were the highest of any player in the top five European leagues for the last three seasons running, and will drive the Sarri machine once again in the Premier League next term.
FW – Jose Callejon (Napoli)
Arguably the most unheralded of Napoli’s front trio – one that also contained Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne last term – Jose Callejon became the highest scoring Spaniard ever in the history of Serie A back in October, scoring his 52nd goal for Napoli versus Sassuolo at the end of that month.
FW – Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Already having been handed the famous Juve number 10 shirt, Paulo Dybala enjoyed yet another brilliant season for the Bianconeri in 2017/18, scoring 22 times in the league and adding five assists despite being still only 24. This term he will have the chance to work with Cristiano Ronaldo, and will likely improve on that assist total as his new team-mate doesn’t need a second invitation to score.
FW – Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)
Standing at only 5’4” tall, Lorenzo Insigne makes up for a lack of stature with bags of talent. His home-grown status makes him a hero with supporters, and scored seven of his eight total strikes last season with his sweet right foot. Now set to be made even more crucial to the team by new boss Carlo Ancelotti, this could be the season that the pint-sized star truly takes a big step forward.
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