9 Serie A stars who Premier League clubs should have eyes on in January
7. Suso (Milan)
He's scored five goals, two of which came in the derby against Inter, and assisted six, making him one of the most productive attackers in Italian football
For much of his career to date, Suso was recognised as a player with real style but little substance – his performances rarely reflected his abilities. This season, however, he's finally begun to tap into his vast potential.
Nominally he appears as a right winger for Milan, but in reality he operates more centrally between the lines. From this area he's scored five goals, two of which came in the derby against Inter, and assisted six, making him one of the most productive attackers in Italian football right now.
With a sumptuous left foot and wonderful close control, the 23-year-old ex-Liverpool man is very difficult to dispossess. He'd be perfect for Premier League sides needing a dose of creativity.
8. Antonio Barreca (Torino)
While he's no gung-ho full-back, the sharp and incisive Barreca does enjoy a forward foray
Before this season, Barreca had spent much of his career playing in Serie B; since the appointment of Sinisa Mihajlovic as head coach, though, the Torino left-back has enjoyed regular football at the top level for the first time.
While he's no gung-ho full-back, the sharp and incisive Barreca does enjoy a forward foray, and he’s just as comfortable underlapping as he is overlapping thanks to his quick feet and technique. In addition, the 21-year-old is intelligent defensively.
9. Geoffrey Kondogbia (Inter)
Rewind two years and Kondogbia was one of the most exciting young central midfielders in Europe, courtesy of his ferocious ball-winning and explosive forward surges. Unfortunately, in the present he's yet to live up to the grand expectations that were set after he joined Inter in 2015.
The 23-year-old Frenchman, perhaps hindered both by playing in such a tactically stifling environment and by working with three different coaches inside 18 months – Roberto Mancini, Frank de Boer and Stefano Pioli – has appeared cumbersome and ineffective throughout most of his stay in Italy. However, he could undoubtedly do a job for a team that plays to his strengths.
A move to Leicester would make sense for all parties: Kondogbia relished playing in a counter-attacking Monaco side, while the Foxes could really do with an injection of defensive solidity and dynamism in central midfield.
Would suit: Leicester, Stoke