At just 22 years of age, Andrea Pirlo is the most promising striker in Serie E, and he has been one of the biggest stars in the league’s history.
The youngster was a key factor in Milan’s 2014-15 title triumph, with the Italians scoring an astonishing 15 goals and conceding just three.
In his debut season in the Bianconeri’s colours, Pirlos has scored 21 goals in 34 appearances.
Aged just 21, the youngster has the potential to be a world-class player and it is not yet clear if he will be able to replicate the kind of form he had during his first season at the club.
Pirloes career has been marred by injuries, but he is an experienced centre-back, who has made a huge impact at the back of the Milan defence.
The young defender has a reputation as a powerful, physical presence, but his defensive skills are also very impressive, with Pirlotos being one of only two players in Serie D to be named in the Top 10 in the Premier League in 2016-17.
PIRATE DECKING The new season has brought a fresh start to the competition for the first time in five years, with a total of seven teams in the top four in the table.
It will be interesting to see how these newcomers will fare, especially if the likes of Napoli, Inter and Roma join the fray.
PENALTY CALLS AND PICKS The last two seasons have seen the number of penalties awarded per game increase significantly, from 6.8 in 2014-2015 to 8.3 in 2015-2016.
This has seen teams in Serie B and Ligue 1 make a concerted effort to penalise their opponents, as their penalty takers have seen their number of yellow cards increase by double digits.
As well as the increased penalties, referees are also now using a variety of penalties, including two-footed challenges, headbutts, offside, and clear-cut fouls.
The penalty calls have also been more frequent, with 10 penalties given in 2016 compared to five last season.
For the first half of the season, it will be important to see if this trend continues, as this is the first season in which teams are not punished for a penalty on a direct challenge.
For more information on the new penalties law, including how teams will be penalised if a player is fouled, see our PENALTIES section.
PATCHED PLAYERS AND MANCHESTER CITY PORTUGUESE POTENTIALS At the start of this season, the new regulations introduced by FIFA gave Premier League clubs the freedom to use their new players, with new signings having to be vetted before they are allowed to sign.
The new rules mean that Manchester City have been granted this privilege, and can now sign young talents like Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne, who have made waves during the transfer window.
However, there is still a lot of work to be done before City can be competitive.
Manchester City’s squad has been bolstered by the arrival of the Brazilian Carlos Tevez, who can play at centre-forward, and is an excellent finisher.
De Bruyn, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but the French club have insisted that he will not be allowed to join until January.
However that may change after the World Cup, when a deal will be made to bring De Bruen to France.
Manchester United could also use the transfer market to bolster their squad, but are also wary of losing their talisman, and are yet to sign any new players in the transfer windows.
It remains to be seen if any of these moves will lead to a major breakthrough in the Manchester City defence.