Rafael Leão: Height, speed and technique!

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AC Milan’s transfermarket doesn’t sleep rossoneri! After buying Krunic, Theo, Bennacer and the imminent signature of Flamengo’s defender Leo Duarte, in the next hours the club will formalize the acquisition of Rafael Leão, in an “operation from around 30M plus Milan primavera defender Tiago Djalo (rated 5M) with the player receiving a wage of about €1.5M plus bonuses.“(Corriere).

Moreover Rafael Leão is a player who has refined feet under a bodysuit physique. Also he stands out as a good header, sprints on the wing and dribbles, all with an impressive ease. Full attacker, of those who see the goal and win the coaches, without even giving the impression of working too hard.

Furthermore, he is fourteen years old when he meets Tiago Fernandes: he is the coach of Sporting CB Under19, he will become his mentor. He was very strong, with the ball he did things that others could not even imagine. It was only directed, but it was a crack. There were no doubts “.

Further in 2016 he is European champion with the Portuguese Under-17 national team, twelve months and almost one encore, this time with the Under19, stopped only in the final. Now, he is the staple of the Under21 with the number seven constant on his shoulders. Right-foot natural, left-foot to be improved, from his age he has nothing to which he is precluded.

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Rafael Leão arriving in Milan, credits to DiMarzio.

Rafael Leão is considered a big promise. During last season at Lille he played as a centre forward in a total of 24 matches (8 appearances as a sub) scoring 8 goals and giving 3 assists. He averaged 1.5 shots per game and had an overall rating of 6.73, also he is a player who likes to finishing and making headed attempts but he lacks on passing and in the defensive contribution. If you want to see Rafael Leão skills just click!.

However, our coach Giampaolo is planning to place Leão next to Piatek at the front as a second striker, so he will have to work hard to make these two have chemistry and make Leão a more altruistic attack partner, as he only played in a 4-3-3 line-up with Lille as CF.

In conclusion, after the sad departure of Patrick Cutrone, Milan already placed a valid substitute for the forward role, with a player that can also play as a second striker (crucial for Giampaolo’s tactics) and as a left winger if required. I personally like this player and also I trust in Giampaolo to forge Leão into a star. With nothing more to add, I wish good luck to Rafael Leão and I hope he will honour our shirt. Forza Leão!

Forza Milan!

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