Italian journalist Mario Sconcerti has praised Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella ahead of the upcoming Euros, and compared him to Inter great Dejan Stankovic among others.

In his column for today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Serra, Sconcerti put forward the 24-year-old as one of the players who can make the difference for Italy at the upcoming Euros because of his unique qualities.

For Sconcerti, Barella is a deceptive player in certain sense, who does not give the immediate impression of greatness, but shows the ability to affect games at a high level.

For the journalist, Barella is a unique player whose special characteristics cannot be found in other players, and it is his ability to put his impression on games without playing in a superficially elegant way that makes him so effective.

Sconcerti expects Barella to show the kinds of qualities that make him a fan favourite at the Giuseppe Meazza when playing for the Azzurri at the Euros.

“He doesn’t look like anyone else, he’s a diamond in the rough who has been polished because his qualities are isolated, unique. Barella is not Tardelli, or Antagoni, he is not Pirlo and he is not Rui Costa.”

“He has his own style which alternates imperfect generosity and bright ideas. This is the type of player who makes the difference.”