Last season, AC Milan shelled out approximately €40m to buy the new Portuguese talent, Andre Silva. Coming up through the ranks in the elite Porto academy, in the seasons 15/16 and 16/17 he scored 24 goals in 50 games for the first team, an impressive tally. This earned him the big-money move to the San Siro, as the new Chinese ownership wanted to put their stamp on a much changed side. Nikola Kalinic was preferred by Montella, and when he was sacked Gattuso, misplaced his faith once again in Kalinic, leaving Rossoneri tifosi wondering why he was starting a Nikola Kalinic who wasn’t scoring. In the Europa League however, after 3 games he was the top scorer of the competition and was showing his quality and immense talent. He would start against Juventus but still without hitting the back of the net. Although he had some impressive performances, he was yet to score in the Serie A. His first goal came in March 2018, when the Milan faithful had reached their verdict on Silva long ago, partly due to the emergence of another young striker, Patrick Cutrone.
He was shipped off on loan with an option to buy to Sevilla, where he hit the ground running and continues to start regularly, bagging 11 goals for the Andalusian team so far this season. Last week, he said that he “wants to perform well in Sevilla and wait”, opening the door on a possible return. However the question must be asked, how does he fit into a team with the likes of Kryztoszof Piatek and Patrick Cutrone to compete with?
The consensus around Milan fans, is that there is no bad blood, but there is simply no space, or enough time to accommodate 3 quality strikers. Many think it’s time to cash in and minimise the financial loss of approximately €5m. Small sects of fans believe he could fit into the squad, yet this idea is highly unrealistic. Piatek has shown his quality, and Leonardo and the Milan hierarchy have to make the decision – Silva or Cutrone. The probable outcome is the retaining of Cutrone, who has scored a goal every 153 minutes this season.
If Leonardo has the chance to cash in, there is a large possibility that Silva’s time at Milan is up, whether he likes it or not.