Running through the streets of Croatia they found a pearl, shining quite brightly which reminded someone like the diamond. They believed that when the reign of one legend ends, another can be nurtured in the same fashion. Little that they knew, they were dealing with another Ødegard.
Alen Halilovich, 22,Born in the beautiful Croatian city of Dubrovnik, Halilović was picked up by Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb virtually in his infancy. For Dinamo, Halilović was a record breaker, becoming the youngest player to ever feature in a UEFA Champions League fixture and the youngest to score in Prva HNL history.
Players like Luka Modrić, Vedran Ćorluka, Mario Mandžukić, Dejan Lovren and Marko Pjaca were all nurtured in Croatia’s capital. The club hierarchy, well aware of this, were quick to shoot down claims that both Kovačić and Halilović were leaving the side. However, it was not long before Inter Milan took Kovačić in 2013.
The Braca officials saw the glimpse of halilovic and signed the young lad. A young promising talent, unable to carve the best out of him and was not able to make it to the first team. Further seeing this the officials sent him to play for Barcelona B but again tension between Halilović’s camp and Barcelona saw the prospect loaned to Sporting Gijon during the 2014-15 season, reports emerging that Halilović and his camp were unhappy with playing for a side in Spain’s top tier.
Despite Gijon’s low finish, however, the season saw Halilović play his best and most consistent football since leaving Dinamo. Not only did his trademark speed, dribbling and work rate excel during his time on loan, but fans began to see even more end product to his game, Halilović recording five goals and five assists for the season, helping Sporting to keep their place in La Liga. While Halilović’s game had significantly improved, he was not deemed good enough to secure a spot in Barcelona’s first team, which of course was a decision that did not settle well with Halilović’s father, who we can only assume was promised the world by Barcelona when Alen signed with the club.
May be he needed time on the pitch to impress the gaffer. Yet again he failed to live up the expectation in the eyes of club officials of Barca. He was permanently transfered to Hamburg € 10 with a buy back clause. However, Things did not went according to plan, and was later send on loan to Las Parmas. Though his season with Las Parmas was good , but still he was not called back in Hamburg.
After his spell ended with Las Parmas, he became a free agent and the Rossoneri caught the glimpse of his performance. With Milan in search for the backup for Suso, Alen could be seen as player who could fit in that position alongside Fabio Borini. Fallen giants had given him the opportunity to showcase his talents and recover him. Alen Halilovich will rely on this Gatusso inspired team to make him improve his play and Milan will look to capitalize his playmaking skills and can be an asset to the Rossoneri in the future.