Piatek dares to Zlatan

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Christopher Penn’s column

Krzysztof Piatek has been a revelation since coming to Serie A last summer and I applaud Leonardo for moving quickly in January to secure him for Milan.

The San Siro is a different place to in December. Us Milan fans now dare to dream – we are 6 points off Napoli in second place. The last time we dared to dream was when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was leading the line in 2010-2012.

Zlatan joined Milan already with worldwide acclaim. He had conquered Holland, Italy and Spain before moving to the Rossoneri. Piatek an unknown before bursting on the scene with Genoa this season – netting 19 goals in 21 appearances before moving to Milan.

But what makes us ‘dare to dream’ with Piatek, just as we did with Zlatan. His goals. And I don’t mean the numbers.

Against Napoli, his first start we saw Piatek’s composure. Two amazing finishes to announce himself to the faithful.

He has kicked on. I cite his finishes against Roma, Empoli and Cheivo; which show his desire to beat the defender to the ball – a feat that became iconic for Zlatan. True poacher instinct which Milan have lacked in previous strikers – and perhaps why young sensation Patrick Cutrone is lacking gametime.

But the finish that made us all believe was Atalanta. A finish out of nothing to equalise just before half time in what was meant to be a tricky match. A no-look volley hooked over his shoulder which would have not looked out of place in Zlatan’s Milan showreel.

Of course they are two different players, and Piatek draws a lot of comparisons to his Polish counterpart Robert Lewandowski; however there is no doubting the belief that has been instilled in the fans. We know Piatek will score. Just as we knew Zlatan would.

The target is Champions League football; but with Piatek up top – do we dare to dream bigger?

Forza Milan!