Milan’s attack has had problems for the past few seasons; What now?
In the past, AC Milan has had some great strikers. Among these were Van Basten, Weah, Ibrahimovic, Gunnar Nordahl and Pippo Inzaghi. These are all world class names, but in the past few years we have not been as fortunate in the Forward department.
Names such as Jeremy Menez and Mario Balotelli surely won fans’ hearts but have not been of the quality of our past strikers. The Rossoneri’s front 3 is currently spearheaded by Milan’s €30 Million man, Carlos Bacca. Despite scoring 31 goals in 69 league games, the fans have not been impressed with the Colombian’s lack of effort and failure to show up in many games, contributing to Milan’s inconsistency.
In his debut year he scored 18 league goals, followed by 13 in the next campaign. However that same year marked the arrival of Gianluca Lapadula, whose effort, passion and grit won the trust and love of the San Siro. Although he only managed 8 goals in 27 games (most as a substitute) he has been preffered over Carlos Bacca by many Milan Fans due to his hard work.
But with Milan returning to Europe, and Bacca’s departure edging closer, Fassone and Mirabelli have been sniffing aroung many top European names. These include recent champions league winner Alvaro Morata, Ex-Rossonero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Torino’s young Italian Andrea Belotti. But all 3 names seem unlikely at this point, with Morata making his wish to stay in Madrid known, Aubameyang seemig set for PSG, and Belotti’s transfer encountering numerous complications.
FC Porto’s André Silva, who scored 17 goals in 41 games, was also a name thrown into the mix in this recent transfer window. Many fans were discontent at Milan’s interest in Nikola Kalinic, who they deem as not good enough for Milan’s project.
With all these names, there really seems to be an uncertainty circling around the Attack. The signings of Musacchio, Kessie and Rodriguez (and the imminent moves of Biglia and Conti) give major reassurance in the Defence and Midfield. But no concrete rumors or reports have come in about the Attack.
In the 2016/17 season, Milan only registered 57 goals, compared to 72 from Inter, 74 by Lazio and 62 by Atalanta. It is no secret that Milan needs a new striker, but at the moment, that striker is uncertain. M’Baye Niang has returned from his loan at Watford, but is currently considered as sellable.
Overall, the general consensus has been that Belotti would be the best option, but Aubameyang and Morata would still be great; Andre Silva would be a good option, Keeping Bacca and not signing anyone would be bad, and signing a name like Kalinic would be disappointing. But whoever does arrive, we will welcome with open arms and hope the best for.
Milan’s top Serie A goalscorers over the past 2 seasons:
1. Carlos Bacca, 31
2. Giacomo Bonaventura, 9
3. Gianluca Lapadula & M’Baye Niang, 8
4. Suso Fernandez, 7
5. Mario Pasalic