In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the 5 under 23 players in the Italian Serie A and Serie B on Sorare. From goal-scoring strikers to creative midfielders, these players have the potential to earn valuable points and lead your team to glory. Let’s dive in and discover the young stars of Italian football!
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is a Georgian professional footballer who currently plays as a winger for Napoli in the Serie A league and for the Georgia national team. He is known for his dribbling, playmaking, and flair, making him one of the best young players in the world. Kvaratskhelia started his senior career at Dinamo Tbilisi in 2017 and has since played for various teams including Rustavi, Lokomotiv Moscow, Rubin Kazan, and Dinamo Batumi. He has won several awards and accolades throughout his career, including the Aleksandre Chivadze golden medal in 2017 and Player of the Month nomination four times in 2020-21.
In March 2018, Kvaratskhelia left Dinamo Tbilisi and signed with Rustavi. During the 2018 Erovnuli Liga season, Kvaratskhelia scored three goals across 18 appearances for Rustavi. In February 2019, he joined Russian Premier League (RPL) club Lokomotiv Moscow on loan and then signed a five-year deal with Rubin Kazan in July 2019. Kvaratskhelia’s purchase was hailed as the main transfer success for Rubin, who saw the player’s market value increase five times in a single season between June 2019 and June 2020.
In March 2022, Kvaratskhelia’s contract was suspended by Rubin Kazan due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and he joined Dinamo Batumi. He played 11 league matches with Dinamo Batumi, scoring eight times and providing two assists. On 1 July 2022, Serie A side Napoli confirmed the signing of Kvaratskhelia on a deal lasting until 2027 from Dinamo Batumi for a reported fee of €10–12 million. Kvaratskhelia made an impressive debut for Napoli, scoring and assisting in a 5-2 victory against Hellas Verona. In the following match against Monza, he scored twice, becoming the first player in Napoli’s history to score three goals in the two opening league matches.
Iyenoma Destiny Udogie is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a wingback for Udinese in Serie A. Udogie started his career with Hellas Verona, making his Serie A debut in November 2020. He joined Udinese on loan in July 2021 and played 37 games, scoring five goals in his debut season. Tottenham Hotspur signed him permanently in August 2022 until 2027, but he was immediately loaned back to Udinese for the 2022-23 season. Udogie is of Nigerian descent but represents Italy at the youth level. He debuted with the Italy U21 team in September 2021 and played as a starter in a 3-0 win over Luxembourg.
Luis Thomas Binks is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Como in Serie B on loan from Bologna. He started his career at Tottenham academy and later signed for Montreal Impact in February 2020. Binks made his MLS debut on 29th February in 2020, and moved to Bologna in August the same year. He made his Serie A debut for Bologna in September 2021. Binks was loaned to Como for a season in July 2022. He has represented Scotland at under-16 level and is eligible to play for England.
Sandro Tonali is an Italian professional football player who plays as a defensive midfielder for AC Milan in the Serie A and the Italy national team. Tonali began his professional career with Brescia Calcio in the Serie B, making his debut in August 2017, aged 17. He scored his first professional goal for Brescia in April 2018 and helped the team win the Serie B title in the following season, earning promotion to Serie A. Tonali made his Serie A debut in August 2019, and scored his first goal in October of the same year.
In September 2020, Tonali joined AC Milan on a season-long loan for €10 million with an option to buy for €15 million. He made his competitive debut for Milan in a Europa League qualifying match and his Serie A debut for Milan in September 2020. He finished the 2020-2021 season with 37 appearances for Milan, 23 of those as a starter. On 8 July 2021, Milan purchased Tonali’s rights from Brescia and he signed a five-year contract with the club.
Tonali scored his first goal for Milan in August 2021, and went on to score several more throughout the season. On 22 May 2022, Milan secured their first Scudetto in 11 years, with Tonali having played a crucial role in the team’s success. His performance during the season earned praise from Italian football pundits, including Di Canio, Donadoni, and Capello.
Tonali has also played for the Italy U19 team, reaching the final of the 2018 European Under-19 Championship. He made his debut for the Italy national team in September 2020, in a UEFA Nations League match against the Netherlands.