With the increased use of the 3-5-2 formation on the peninsula, Serie A has suffered from a lack of attacking wide players in recent seasons, forced to rely instead on full-backs to provide crosses and stretch the pitch.
The departure of Emanuele Giaccherini, Gaston Ramirez and Alexis Sanchez only exaggerated a problem that already existed, making genuine wingers hard to find.
Juventus all but gave up on the role, jettisoning Eljero Elia and Milos Krasic after they failed to meet Antonio Conte’s demands. A long-term injury to the versatile Simone Pepe has seen his stock rise the longer he is absent and the club seem to be searching for a player to provide that tactical flexibility.
Elsewhere in the league however, a number of players have begun to fill the role well, drawing admiration from fans and the media, both at home and across the continent.
On the following pages—in no particular order—is a look at six of the best wingers on display in Italy’s top flight.
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