… Or lack thereof. I’ve been a Milan “fan” for a fairly long time, and I have complained for a very long time about a lot of things. Primarily it was Carlo’s repetitive yet successful overall style of football, but that has now been fixed (or more correctly been changed) at long last with the appointment of Leonardo. This for now is probably a bad thing, I highly doubt this rookie coach can formulate a winning team from the get-go but stranger things have happened. Ancelloti is a legendary coach and was great for Milan, I know, but I am simply bored of “his” Milan so I welcome this new flavour with open arms. This has come at the cost of losing Milan’s sole reason for being a respectable team in the past three or four years, this loss would be the world class man Ricardo Kaka. Also, staple and legendary leader Paolo Maldini has called time on his career, leaving a gaping leadership hole in the defense.
There has been a lot of hodge podge about Milan’s transfer policy, I for one completely despise their unbelievably cheap antics highlighted by that fudged Cissokho deal. I think Milan are being stupid with their targets and cheap asses in general, but then I came across this brilliant little editorial that put a little bit of faith back in my heart. I highly recommend checking it out, short and sweet…
Milan has become a cast of misfits… Clarence Seedorf with an ego so big it could fit in those gargantuan pieces of meat he calls his buttocks and thighs. Giussepe Favalli who is quickly becoming the next Alessandro Costacurta, just sits around on the bench aging like rotten cheese then comes in for a swiff of action everyone now and then. Alessandro Nesta, once a legend now a walking pile of bandages and bruises barely going two days without injury. Kakha Kaladze, yes the Georgian is still in the building. Wikipedia has the rest covered:
|8||MF||Gennaro Gattuso (vice-captain)|
|23||MF||Massimo Ambrosini (captain)|
|—||MF||Davide Di Gennaro|
Promptly, all three keepers are bumbling buffoons. The defense apart from the unproven Thiago Silva and the always efficient Zambrotta are too old, too average, often injured or a combination of all three. The midfield has been exactly the same for the best part of the last nine years, three all round holding midfielders crowned by a trequartista where first there was Rui Costa, then Kaka took over and now Ronaldinho is handed the baton. I hope he can resurrect himself, previous years have been a steady downhill for the man.
Fair enough, change has come through the revolving door on that critical position but regarding the three holding midfielders, absoloutely nothing has happened. Gattuso, Seedorf, Ambrosini and Pirlo have continuously plied their trade. Change is necessary here, Milan need to put speedy, hard and inventive legs back in their midfield. Ambrosini is neither good nor bad but Seedorf is thoroughly awful. Gattuso has lost all his tenacity with his age and considering he never had any skill to begin with, his footballing career is over. Pirlo, he’s getting weaker and slower by the day but his vision remains world class so he is the only salvageable part of this “old guard”. Unfortunately he is the only one of this gang that will certainly be sold before the next season starts.
Flamini is great, and I hope he finally gets his due under Leonardo by becoming a regular starter. Unfortunately Ambrosini has been announced as the captain of A.C. Milan, meaning one less spot for one of the most versatile young midfielders in the world. That reminds me, o yee Yoann Gourcuff. How Milan will massively regret letting go of someone who I swear will be a World Footballer of the Year very soon. Is it really that absurd for Milan to consider getting someone like Rafael Van Der Vaart? Suddenly you could have a midfield with Flamini, Pirlo/Ambrosini, Van Der Vaart behind Ronaldinho and now you’re talking business. A midfield like that supporting Pato and Borriello would be excellent.
On to the strikers, Inzaghi is a gold nugget on the bench. Possibly the least skilled footballer on the planet, yet somehow he still scores goals without fail every year. Quite amazing to be honest. Pato, world class calibre and just 19, Milan need to hold on to this diamond with dear life as he will be the team very soon. Borriello, a very solid striker with a work rate off the charts, I absoloutely adore this man and if he stays healthy this year then he will contribute a lot. Now that key fourth striker position is what Milan’s transfer policy is all about this summer. The want Fabiano (excellent) now, but previously wanted Dzeko, Huntelaar (potentially world class both of them) and Adebayor (utter garbage) until they we’re scared away by large transfer fees.
All of these strikers are fine at the end of the day, but what worries is me that they are all that Milan want but it is far from what they need. Milan desperately need a new goal keeper, they could really use a left sided wing back to replace the deteriorating Jankulovski but most imperatively they need a powerful young and inventive midfielder. Gattuso, Ambrosini, Seedorf and even Pirlo simply will not suffice. If Milan fail to acquire talent in this department then I guarantee they will fail this year.credit to http://www.zimbio.com for the images