AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli is set to start a game without Olivier Giroud up front for the first time this season, and a choice has seemingly been made on his replacement.
According to Daniele Longo of Calciomercato.com, Giroud will be rested against Hellas Verona on Saturday at San Siro after starting each of the first five games of the new season, even playing the full match against Newcastle in midweek.
Although Luka Jovic might be the closest replacement in terms of characteristics, it seems that Pioli will rely upon Okafor instead of the Serbia international.
It adds up given what Jovic said in his unveiling press conference earlier today, where he admitted that he is not yet in the best condition having only arrived on deadline day.
“I need some time, but I don’t know how much time I have available. I’m not 100% physically, so I will have to work very hard to be ready for the matches. I started working following a particular program, I do some things more than the rest of the team, others less.”
The responsibility will therefore fall on Okafor’s shoulders. Milan fans and the management got an up-close look at the 23-year-old last season as he scored in the Champions League meeting in Salzburg, and we profiled his abilities as a false nine in an analysis.