GdS: From Pato to Bacca and Lapadula – many strikers for Milan and many regrets

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have not had much luck with forwards since Filippo Inzaghi’s retirement back in 2012.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanLive) have made a rundown of each striker who has worn the Rossoneri shirt over the last ten years, and it makes for grim reading.

The last two to leave – Krzysztof Piatek and Suso – went from fan favourites to sensational flops in a very quick period of time. Yesterday’s comments from the Spaniard were startling but true: “At Milan we change too much, it is impossible to build something solid.”

Then there is those from an earlier period such as Alexandre Pato and Stephan El Shaarawy – two players who appeared predestined for greatness, but left having never really hit the heights expected.

Carlos Bacca is surprisingly the second-tip scorer of the decade for Milan with 34 goals, but the Colombian after an excellent first season was pushed out of the door.

The exception is perhaps Patrick Cutrone: at a very young age he scored 27 total goals and it was Milan’s determination to sell that ultimately saw his departure.

There are those who emigrated to China, such as El Shaarawy who flew a year ago to Shanghai or Pato, who has played in Tianjin for several seasons.

Piatek, who was labelled the new Shevchenko by some, ended up at Hertha Berlin – not really a topclub in Germany.

Cutrone returned to Italy with the Fiorentina shirt after his move to Wolverhampton where he failed to settle. Suso is at home with Sevilla, while the others include the likes of Mario Balotelli (Brescia), Giampaolo Pazzini (Verona), Gianluca Lapadula (Lecce) or Jeremy Menez (currently free).

 

Tags AC Milan Alexandre Pato Carlos Bacca Krzysztof Piatek Stephan El Shaarawy