Calcio Debate: Serie A Worst Team Of The Season

With the mid-season break well underway, Kris Voakes looks at the players who have struggled the most since the season kicked off back in August.

WORST XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper

Marco Amelia (Genoa) - Amelia has gone from Italy’s number two to Genoa’s unwanted man in the past six months. He would have hoped to have shown signs of recovery after his move from Palermo, but his awful clearance straight to Dejan Stankovic in the 5-0 home defeat to Inter summed up his form and he’s since come under huge pressure for his place from Alessio Scarpi. A World Cup place is now a definite no-no.

Defence

Massimo Oddo (Milan) - The World Cup winner has dropped right down the pecking order since his early days with Milan. Not even a loan spell with Bayern Munich last year could rescue his form and these days he can be found trailing in the wake of Gianluca Zambrotta and even Ignazio Abate in the chase for the right back slot at Via Turati.

Andrea Raggi (Bologna) - Has failed to string a run of form together since his Empoli days. Stints at Palermo and Sampdoria proved fruitless, and he’s also struggled with the Emiliani. Needs a much better second half of the season to prove he’s Serie A quality.

Kakha Kaladze (Milan) - The one-time derby hero has fast become a laughing stock, both domestically and internationally. His own-goal double in Georgia’s World Cup qualifier against Italy sums up the season he’s had so far, and he was completely outfoxed by Alessandro Matri and Jeda when he got a rare Rossoneri start against Cagliari. He’s now dropped behind Giuseppe Favalli in the pecking order for centre-back and his full-back days have long been over. A move away from Milan now seems inevitable.

Aleksandar Lukovic (Udinese) - Symptomatic of the Friuliani’s troubles of late, as an attacking outfit has struggled without the ball. His one-man nightmare show at Sampdoria in week two was a sign of things to come, and he has been fighting it out with Giovanni Pasquale for the left sided slot ever since.

Midfield

Christian Poulsen (Juventus) - Much has been said about the poor form of Felipe Melo of late, but Poulsen has been the real rotten egg in Turin. Brought in from Sevilla during the reign of Claudio Ranieri, he has struggled to find a niche in the Bianconeri midfield. Slow and cumbersome on the ball, easily by-passed off it, the Dane has found himself looked over on many an occasion as Ciro Ferrara looks to find a winning formula. When Momo Sissoko finally returns to full fitness, Poulsen will be struggling to see any game time.

Luca Cigarini (Napoli) - Brought in from Atalanta in the summer in a blaze of publicity, but has had a nightmare time trying to settle in at the San Paolo. Clearly a midfield player of immense talent, the Parma youth product must secure either a regular place or a move away in the second half of the season if he’s to prove the likenesses to Andrea Pirlo in his pomp to be true.

Ricardo Quaresma (Inter) - The 2008 Bidone d’Oro (Golden Bin) winner and could so easily have retained his title this year. He’s been limited to just three appearances so far in Serie A, and has made little impact when called upon, leading to suggestions that his horror spell in the fashion capital could be coming to an end.

Attack

Amantino Mancini (Inter) - The former Roma revelation has continued to struggle in black and blue, being limited to just three league appearances so far this term as a result of further poor form. The skills on the ball and intelligent runs which he became famous for in the capital have just not been in evidence, as he edges ever closer to the exit door at Via Durini.

Cristiano Lucarelli (Livorno) - The centre-forward returned on loan to his beloved Amaranto this summer after two years away with Shakhtar Donetsk and Parma, but has been unable to reproduce the form which saw him bag 92 league goals in four seasons during his previous spell at the Armando Picchi. Whilst chances were always going to be hard to come by, Lucarelli has had scuffed efforts and air-shots galore as he’s struggled to find the back of the net in the Tuscans battle to beat the drop.

Amauri (Juventus) - The €22.8m signing has been one of the emblems of Juve’s recent downfall, failing miserably to fill the gap left by injury to Vincenzo Iaquinta. After a great start to life in Turin, his goalscoring boots seemed to have been mislaid during a spell out through injury last season. But this term his form has deserted him too, with talk of a transfer now rife as the Bianconeri look to boost their hopes of a title push towards the season’s end.

Amelia

Oddo -  Raggi -  Kaladze -  Lukovic

Poulsen -  Cigarini -  Quaresma

Mancini -  Lucarelli -  Amauri

Kris Voakes, Goal.com