Federico Chiesa (Juventus)
The 23-year-old winger is still technically on Fiorentina’s books, but let’s not waste much time on him. He’s playing very well for the Notts County cosplayers, highlighted by the winner against Chelsea in the Champions League. Whatever. He’s gone.
Luca Ranieri (Salernitana)
The 22-year-old defender has started 4 straight for i Granata and looks like he’s officially part of Fabrizio Castori’s XI (at least as long as Matteo Ruggeri’s injured), although he’s yet to go the full 90. He’s shown off his trademark versatility, operating on the left of a back four and as a left wingback. He hasn’t been perfect but he’s a young player spreading his wings and starting to look more and more like he belongs in the top flight. Maybe part of that is having former Fiorentina players Franck Ribery, Cedric Gondo, Francesco Di Tacchio, Ramzi Aya, and Leonardo Capezzi there with him. Unless something changes drastically, expect Salernitana to exercise their right to redeem him; the real question is if the Viola will exercise the buyback option they have.
Szymon Żurkowski (Empoli)
The 24-year-old Polish midfielder has returned to the neighbors for the third straight season, although this is his first in Serie A. He’s started 3 games and subbed into another 3, so he’s clearly part of Aurelio Andreazzoli’s squad. He conceded a soft but needless PK against Bologna, which highlights his propensity to foul, and he’s maybe a bit too in love with a shot from distance. He could also stand to improve his passing, either getting more consistent maintaining possession or creating more chances. He reads the game very well, though, and he remains a very dynamic ball-carrier who’s capable of surging through the middle and breaking the lines. In short, he’s a useful but limited player who, even if he doesn’t improve, will have a long and successful career at the top level. If Andreazzoli can coax some better decisions from him, though, he could wind up being superb.