The Serie A season has come and gone, and yet another great one at that. Seems like it was just yesterday we were talking about the summer transfer market heading into this season. Looking back at the summer moves, there were some made that flew under that radar but ended up being vital signings. With that said, let’s take a look at which transfers turned out to be the best.
3) Diego Falcinelli – Crotone
This one may surprise you. How could a player from Crotone make the list of the best transfers from last summer? Who even knew about Diego Falcinelli heading into the season? Regardless, everyone knew who he was by the end of the season. Falcinelli joined Crotone on loan from Sassuolo over the summer and he ended the season as Crotone’s top goal scorer ever in Serie A. Not to take anything away from Falcinelli, but this was Crotone’s first ever season in Serie A. Nobody gave Crotone a chance to stay up and they were considered a “lock” to be relegated. Their season could not have gotten off to a worse start, but Falcinelli put the team on his back and carried them. The 25-year old scored 13 goals this season, nearly 40% of the team’s total. It wasn’t just the amount of goals Falcinelli scored, it was when he scored them. In Crotone’s final 8 games, in which they only lost 1 game; Falcinelli scored 5 goals (all games they won). Crotone had no margin for error down the stretch and managed to stay up in Serie A. Yes, it was a team effort, but Falcinelli was their MVP.
2) Federico Fazio – Roma
May not be a sexy pick, but Roma signing Federico Fazio was a big move this past summer. Roma signed the Argentine defender on loan from Tottenham, with the option to make the move permanent. I’m not sure how many people expected Fazio to be a staple in Roma’s defense throughout the season. Between Rudiger’s, Bruno Peres’, Mario Rui’s and Florenzi’s injuries, Roma’s defense was shuffling players in and out. Federico Fazio provided Spalletti with someone he could rely on. Fazio started more games than any other defender on the team, and played in every game except one this season. Remember, Fazio was brought in to fill the gap until Rudiger returned and he turned out being much more than just a stop-gap player. Fazio picked up just 3 yellow cards all season and no red cards. It is always a bonus when your defenders can play great and not get themselves into trouble by picking up cards. Roma allowed just 38 goals, second best in Serie A and Fazio played a big role in that. Fazio played so well, he recently earned himself a call-up to Argentina’s National Team. Seems like a no brainer that Roma will make Fazio’s move to Italy’s capital a permanent one.
1) Gonzalo Higuain – Juventus
Gonzalo Higuain joining Juventus was certainly the most talked about and expensive summer transfer in Serie A. Juventus entered the season with a big target on their back, and adding one of the best strikers only made that target bigger. Higuain was coming off a record season at Napoli, scoring 36 goals. It didn’t take the Argentine too long to settle in with the Bianconeri, he scored in his first game with them. Higuain didn’t score 36 goals, but did manage to get 24, which was good for 4th best in Serie A. He scored 32 goals in all competitions. Juventus only lost one game in Serie A in which Higuain scored in. The Argentine was vital in Juventus winning Coppa Italia, he scored 3 goals against Napoli in the semifinals. Higuain helped Juventus win their record setting 6th consecutive scudetti and helped them reach the Champions League final. The €90 million price tag Juventus paid for Higuain was talked about a lot off the field, but he is already paying them back with his stellar play on the field.