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    23.09.2015 10:45 - in: Serie A S

    Three key men for Frosinone

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    A look at three of the players to watch out for in Frosinone’s debut campaign in Italy’s top flight

    Frosinone manager Roberto Stellone has made a few shrewd signings over the summer, adding Serie A pedigree to a spine of players that helped the Lazio-based club win back-to-back promotions from the Lega Pro to Italy's first division.

    The result is a blend of youth and experience, ranging from young loanees Nicola Leali, Samuele Longo and Daniele Verde (from Juventus, Inter and Roma respectively) to wise heads, such as defenders Modibo Diakité and Aleandro Rosi, as well as the mainstays of the last three seasons, including long-serving captain and former Bianconero Alessandro Frara.

    Juventus.com takes a look at three players set to make their mark in the club's maiden campaign in the top-flight.

    Nicola Leali, 22, Goalkeeper

    Nicola Leali may only be playing regular Serie A football for his second consecutive season, but the Juventus loanee is turning heads with some consistent performances between the sticks, establishing himself as one of the division’s finest shot stoppers.

    The 22-year-old has already saved three penalties since the start of 2014/15, two of which for the benefit of former club Cesena (including one against Arturo Vidal) with his latest coming on the second weekend of the current campaign when he defied Atalanta’s Mauricio Pinilla from 11 metres. This record puts Leali one behind Inter’s Samir Handanovic as the division's best blocker of spot kicks.

    Besides the penalty save, Leali has been a busy man since joining Frosinone in the summer. In four league appearances for Roberto Stellone’s men, he has made 15 stops, the fifth-highest in the division.

    This represents the goalkeeper’s fourth successive season-long loan spell since joining the Bianconeri from Brescia in 2012. Before spending the last campaign with Cesena, the former Italy Under 21 international plied his trade for Serie B outfits Virtus Lanciano and Spezia.

    Aleandro Rosi, 28, Right-back

    A summer signing from Fiorentina, Aleandro Rosi brings a wealth of Serie A experience to the newly-promoted side, with 2015/16 representing his tenth season in the top-flight since making his debut for Roma in 2005.

    The 28-year-old went on to make 99 appearances for the Giallorossi, while Parma, Siena, Genoa, Sassuolo, Chievo and Livorno all count amongst his former clubs, with his stints at the latter two being in Italy’s second division.

    Rosi has started the new season positively for his new team. Deployed in his favoured right-back role, the Roman is as strong defensively as he is bombing down the touchline.

    The former Italy youth international has made the most amount of interceptions and tackles so far for Roberto Stellone’s men: 13 and seven respectively.

    Meanwhile, going forward he has produced more crosses than any other team-mate (11) and boasts the highest pass completion rate with 86 per cent. When it comes to building the play from the back, Rosi is Frosinone’s go-to man and testament to this are his 228 touches on the ball, which dwarfs the side’s average of 112 so far this season.

    Danilo Soddimo, 27, Left Winger

    Frosinone have Danilo Soddimo to thank for their first and only goal so far in Serie A history. His seventh minute strike in the opening match at home to Torino was the stuff of dreams and had supporters of the Lazio-based club hoping for their first points of the season.

    While that wasn’t to be, Soddimo has shown persistence in his efforts to find the net on further occasions. His eight attempts on goal are the side’s joint-highest along with strikers Daniel Ciofani and Federico Dionisi, while he has also created the most amount of goalscoring chances for team-mates (seven).

    Soddimo played an instrumental role in Frosinone’s historic promotion to the top-flight with three assists and four strikes of his own, cementing his place as an ever-present in Roberto Stellone’s side.

    A product of Sampdoria’s youth academy, the Roman made his Serie A debut ten seasons ago with the Blucerchiati, but has since predominantly plied his trade in the league below with Ancona, Salernitana, Grossetto and Pescara.

    Soddimo helped the latter rise two divisions from the Lega Pro to the first tier of Italian football in just three years on the Adriatic.

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