GdS: Why Lucas Paqueta didn’t succeed at Milan and why he has thrived so much since

By Oliver Fisher -

It would be fair to say that Lucas Paqueta has undergone somewhat of a revival since leaving AC Milan to secure a move to France.

Paqueta arrived at Milan as a promising prospect that cost over €30m, but left under a cloud as he struggled for playing time under Marco Giampaolo and could not find a role in the team, amid rumours that he was struggling to settle in Italy.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport writes, Paqueta dragged his country into the Copa America final with two decisive goals in the quarter-final and in the semi-final, silencing those who have criticised him for more than a year and a half.

How can the rebirth be explained? The first clue was given by Paquetà himself three months ago, confessing to Canal+ that he had suffered in Milan “excessive pressure and the lack of friends”. The rest was done by head coach Rudi Garcia’s vision, creating a 4-3-3 that fits perfectly for Paquetà’s characteristics, finding space and carrying the ball.

At Lyon, the 23-year-old is doing exactly what he was expected to do with the Rossoneri shirt, showing that quick and direct game that Milan could use. He is of course surrounded by talent too with the like of Memphis Depay and Houssem Aouar, but he is carrying himself well.

Paquetà’s change of course is also evident at a statistical level, as in Ligue 1 he closed the season at the top of the “Expected Assists” ranking, and scoring 10 goals in 30 starts. For Brazil and for Tite he is proving to be the extra weapon, which is the perfect representation of how far he has come.

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  1. Simple.

    Milan had terrible Coaches in Gattuso and Pioli when Paqueta was in Milan.

    It was clear that paqueta is better than Hakan.
    It was clear that paqueta just need polishing.
    It was also clear that Paqueta needs consist game time to strive.

    Pioli will make Milan lose Hauge too.

    If I am in Milan Management team, then Pioli will answer why he made us to lose a special player in Paqueta.

  2. The problem i notice about recent Italian teams is they are not patient enough to sell players. One good season they tend to catch in and at the end of the day suffer great lost. Their negotiating skills is also very poor. A player can either have raising trajectory performance or downward spiral. But for just one bad season they tend to sell. Look at our management they are so naive with player transfer that a team will prefer to lose a player of 21 for 33yrs. After fabregas Barca hardly sell their young players without a set buy back clause. We lose locateli for who again, pessina for who again. If Milan was man United they would have sell Anthony martial, many of their young players because they don’t believe on their products. Leao, hauge, Colombo, and some other young players can be sold but a first notice should be presented to Milan first incase of future sell, and a buy back clause pegged at a certain amount. That was who we lost Andre Silva for rebic stupid transfer, kept hakan and throw away paqueta who could have given us ten years of play, if Milan when selling locatelli have buy back peg at maybe 30 million euro, pessina pegged at €20m won’t our midfield problems be solved. Even paqueta when we wanted to sell what clause did we put… Guess nothing. Italian teams are bad business men, look at inter sold coutinho for how much again but Liverpool sold him for huge some that is even more expensive than many serieA teams. Salah was sold for 30m a year later he is worth 200m. Even when Barca loan coutinho to Bayern Liverpool was still catching out. That model of player transfer should be adopted. Milan players are not physical enough, most of them are too lazy. Leao should be built and mentor to become better not sold for capital gain. Modern football is run by financial backing of their owners if they want to sell they catch out. Italian teams are pathetic when it comes to service. They don’t have their stadiums. Most teams in England, Spain, Germany, and France have their stadia but Milan and inter have been building a stadium now for five years without laying a single block how pathetic. Excuse Milan city council, investors are not afraid to take risk but Italian teams are afraid to. Excuse, Excuse, more excuse and Italian league is dying everyday and more excuse is giving because of lack of vision from both the league management committee, city council, and club owners. A relegated team in England receive more money for just participating in premier League than eventual serie A winner why because of lack of vision. Serie A has been going down year in year out, but they still don’t see any reason to change. Maybe until Portuguese league surpass Italian league then teams will shout for change. Italian teams are so afraid of FFP that they sell their best players for peanut. Why English teams will suffer and at the end of the day reap the rewards. No pain No gain. Inter now are selling their players because of what one useless rule, break the rules suffer the penalty and reap the rewards later.

  3. I was shocked to see Calhanoglu ahead of Paqueta! I would play this guy 38 calendar days of the year. Such quality in every touch.

    1. Dats d hard fact play Dem both and u will av great results. I don’t know what is d problem wit our management. Why can’t day convince hakan to stay and now they want Bakayoko

  4. Very true words bro it time they rise up and make a change serial A was the second best league in Europe but now can’t say

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