There is no doubt that in terms of signings made in the past few seasons, Theo Hernandez stands above most if not all.
The player has been a phenomenon since his arrival from Real Madrid, and club icon Franco Baresi tweeted to call him the very same after he scored a 91st minute equaliser against Parma on Sunday night to complete a brace and rescue a point for his team as it looked like the unbeaten start would end.
As Calciomercato.com reports, the 95 minutes played against Parma perfectly show then engine of the Frenchman, who had the most completed passes (68) and duels won (8). He recovered six balls – the most on the pitch – and while critics often say his defensive phase still needs to be improved, his numbers tell something else.
At the other end, Theo has reached 10 goals for the Rossoneri in 54 appearances, exceeding the numbers of specialists such as Rivaldo, Cassano, Ronaldo and Kluivert, who all had 9.
Last Saturday, France coach Didier Deschamps said confidently: “Today the list for the European Championship is 100% done. Having said that, I know very well that many things can happen between now and March.”
If there is no room for Theo Hernandez on that list, then it is a crime. Leaving out a player who is in the conversation to be the best left-back in the world seems like a crazy choice, but there is plenty of time to reconsider.
The €20million paid to Real Madrid seemed like a gamble to most, now it is clear how Milan actually got a bargain, because Hernandez is now worth more than the amount spent by Inter for Hakimi (€45m plus €9m bonuses).