One of Stefano Pioli’s first and biggest missions as the new head coach of AC Milan will be to get Krzysztof Piatek firing again.
The Poland international netted 22 goals in Serie A last season, having split the season with Genoa and the Rossoneri.
However, as a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport notes, Piatek has not scored a goal from open play since 19 May when he netted against Frosinone in the final home game of last season.
His two league goals this season have come from the penalty spot, while he hasn’t scored for his national side since June and has found himself struggling for starts recently.
However, the paper notes that while the 25-year-old is not an elite-level striker, he is not one who is unable to shoot at goal either.
While Marco Giampaolo wanted Piatek to be a complete striker and move away from the goal, Pioli will help restore a clear tactical identity and make him aware that he is the focal point of the 4-3-3.
The former Fiorentina and Lazio boss sees Piatek as the tip of the trident and a finisher, the report concludes, the exact same thing that saw him succeed last season.