Federico Chiesa – The Italian raising star

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FLORENCE, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24: Federico Chiesa of ACF Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and FC Internazionale at Stadio Artemio Franchi on February 24, 2019 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Federico Chiesa is a 21-year old winger, who plays for Serie A side – Fiorentina.

Son of the famous Enrico, Federico Chiesa is showing that he is potentially as talented as his father and is a regular first-team player of Fiorentina at the age of 21.

The winger is seen as one of the emerging talents of Italian football and is already a member of Italy’s national team, appearing 11 times for the Azzurri.

His speed is his biggest asset and he possesses an amazing set of skills which help him easily run past opponents. But it’s his footballing brain, and how he seemingly sees two steps ahead of most, that really helps him to stand out.

He is an excellent dribbler and can play anywhere across in the attack. Federico is a right winger primarily, but he can play as an attacking midfielder, or wide left as well.

Chiesa’s finishing remains one area in need of improvement, but with a father who netted more than 200 goals, the youngster knows where to go for advice.

Enrico Chiesa, Federico’s father, played for Fiorentina in the period from 1999 to 2002 and went on to score 45 goals in 85 appearances, striking up an understanding with Portuguese playmaker Rui Costa.

The 21-year old is following his father’s footsteps and has played a total of 99 games for the club, scoring 20 goals and noting 19 assists so far.

He is Fiorentina’s most regular player this season and has made 26 appearances. Chiesa is the top scorer of the team as well, with 10 goals scored to this point of the 2018/19 season.

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However, he suggested it may be some time before he considers himself a top-flight footballer saying: “My dad once told me: you become a Serie A player when you have made at least 300 appearances.”

Controversially, Federico has been criticized for a perceived diving habit recently. But that is just a part of his young age and immaturity.

Many of Europe’s top clubs are keeping a close eye on his development and fans in Florence know he won’t be one of theirs for much longer.

Juventus and Chelsea are reported to be interested in the Italian youngster, but Chiesa insists that he is happy at his current club.

“I’m just thinking about proving my value all the time. My only priority is to show, Sunday after Sunday, who Federico Chiesa is.

“I’m happy here at Fiorentina now. Again, I’m only thinking of the next game.”

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