The Rebirth of Çalhanoglu

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Over the past seasons the Rossoneri fans got used to get disappointed with the player wearing the number 10 jersey. From Prince Boateng to Keisuke Honda, Milan fans started to lose their admiration they used to have for their number 10 when Clarence Seedorf was the one wearing it. And, at least for part of the time, it wasn’t different with Hakan Çalhanoglu

The turkish international arrived at Milan as a deadly set piece taker, a player who could finally live up to some of the expectations that fans have in a brand new number 10 player. He did have a good start, showing good skills and playmaking but quickly started losing confidence match after match, being heavily criticized by most of the fans since last season. At least until Milan’s last match.

With the arrival of coach Pioli at Milanello, the Rossoneri showed us a different gameplay against Lecce last week, with Çalhanoglu having way more liberty to play centered at the attacking midfield, where he was used to play in his best days. And the result could’ve not been better. Hakan created several chances, scored Milan’s first goal and assisted Piatek on the second one, displaying a performance that can be described as one the best performances by a rossoneri number 10 in years.

The feeling most Milan fans have right now is that we practically lost two years with coaches such as Montella, Giampaolo and Gattuso since neither of them knew how to use Hakan’s skills properly, with the turkish playing as winger and mezzala most of the time. Pioli finally gave everything a true number 10 needs: Freedom.

Milan fans now live the expectation to see that performance repeat itself this Sunday against Roma so they can hopefully bring home the three points and get back to the Champions League spot race.