AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo is hard at work to mould Lucas Paqueta into the ideal mezz’ala for his system, a report claims.
Paqueta arrived at the Rossoneri in January of this year in a €35million deal from Brazilian side Flamengo.
The 21-year-old came and injected some much-needed flair and creativity into Gennaro Gattuso’s side between then and the end of the season, but now Giampaolo is asking something slightly different of him.
Many thought that Paqueta would play as a trequartista in Giampaolo’s favoured 4-3-1-2 system, however Suso took that role and it became apparently that the Brazilian was seen more as a left-sided central midfielder.
A report from Calciomercato.com claims that while Giampaolo sees Paqueta as more of a central midfielder than an attacking midfielder, he needs to see changes in his mindset.
The former Sampdoria boss apparently ‘does not appreciate Paqueta’s tendency to hold onto the ball’, and in addition he needs to see more understanding of his position in relation to his team-mates.
‘He has talent and an ability to take risks that sometimes makes the coach angry’, Calciomercato.com continues, but Boban and Maldini have full faith in Paqueta to become a real key figure in this team.
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