Gabriel (7 points): some unsuspected clean sheets in this round and Lecce finally managed to be in that group. Their goalie denied Fiorentina on multiple occasions, then the imprecision of the Viola strikers did the rest.
Bremer (9 points): few goals by defenders in this round and he was one of the two to combine that with a clean sheet, thus pacing everybody in this role. He has started in few games in a row over more touted teammates and, more importantly, he decided the Genoa game with a good-looking header.
Theo Hernandez (8 points): the action was random, but he showed supreme alertness and also great craftiness with the quick finish with the outside of his left foot, finally giving Milan something to be happy for.
Timothy Castagne (6 points): Atalanta handled Brescia with ease defensively and he chipped in on the other end with a very soft cross to set up Mario Pasalic’s first goal. The constant duel with Hans Hateboer and the rise of Robin Gosens have hurt his stocks, but he produced in this round.
Mario Pasalic (10 points): he has played some games in very offensive positions, but he ended up doing the most damage while featuring as central midfielder. The first goal simply required an easy nudge with his head, while he busted out a gorgeous back-heel flick right between the legs of the defender for the second one.
Josip Ilicic (8 points): a dazzling display by the Slovenian maestro, who run amok in Brescia, set up Pasalic’s second goal with a pinpoint square goal and got his due late keeping his aplomb in a one-on-one.
Joao Pedro (8 points): he has basically turned into a full-fledged striker at this point and the two clinical finishes to spearhead the comeback against Sampdoria are further confirmation of that.
Diego Perotti (6 points): it looks like he is still atop of the pecking order as far as Roma’s penalty takers are concerned, he just does not play all that often. He added a quality assist for Henrikh Mkhitaryan late to seal the deal and tack two points to his haul.
Fabio Quagliarella (10 points): he is finally back thanks to a penalty and especially a typical sliding volley, so at least Sampdoria got something out of the Cagliari game despite the late collapse.
Lautaro Martinez (8 points): he is on a roll these days and shined bright again versus SPAL, bagging two beautiful goals. He slotted one home with the terrific precision, then beat the goalie with a thumping header.
Ciro Immobile (8 points): he is bagging every ball that sits in the box and found the target for the ninth Serie A game in a row, cashing in on a sweet assist by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, then drilled a penalty for good measure. He is currently on pace to break Gonzalo Higuain’s 36-goal record.
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