The numbers behind Nicolo Barella’s excellent Serie A season

Despite a difficult stint of form last year under Inzaghi at the helm, Nerazzurri midfielder Nicolo Barella has been in astounding form so far this season, continuously proving that he is arguably the best central play-maker within the top-flight Italian league.

After a rough start to this year’s campaign, Inter currently find themselves within 6th place with a total of 24 points, only one point away from fourth-placed Roma and eight points adrift from the league-leaders Napoli. Within the stunning seven-match unbeaten run that shifted the tide within the domestic league and secured a spot in the Round of 16 of the Champions League over European giants Barcelona, the 25 year-old Italian international was one of the key catalysts on the playing field.

So far this season, Barella has been soaring trails blazing on the pitch, serving as the conductor of the Nerazzurri orchestra, as he has amassed a total of six goals and four assists in 17 games-played across all competitions for Inzaghi’s side.

The rising star has displayed that he has been the nucleus within the past couple outings for Inzaghi’s side, managing to exit tight spaces with his fine-tuned dribbling skills and creating key occasions with his exceptional vision and ability to constantly drive the play forward. 

According to statistical reports from FBREF, Barella is within the 93rd percentile of midfielders in terms of assists with a rate of 0.27 assists per game. In addition,  the box-to-box midfielder is also within the 93rd percentile of midfielders based on progressive passes with a rate of 5.45 per 90 minutes.

Furthermore, Barella has put his clinical goal-scoring abilities to full-display scoring a series of astonishing goals that require a full range of finishing techniques within his heavy artillery. His creativity and fluidity within the final third of the pitch has enabled him to enter the 89th percent tile of midfielders in regards to shot-creating actions with a rate of 3.89 per fixture.

Within quite a short amount of time, Barella has demonstrated his world-class ability to be reliable choice within the three-midfield formation deployed by Inzaghi. The dynamic midfielder has constantly showcased growth in his performances, proving that he has an immense amount of potential in order to set the league alight.

Julian Faustini Ι GIFN


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