Giampaolo’s advice to Piatek: “He can’t be a pirate…”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo has told Krzysztof Piatek that he must become a ‘complete player’ and not be a ‘pirate’.

The Poland international joined from Genoa is a €35million deal in January and hit the ground running, scoring nine league goals between then and the end of the season.

However, he has been on a bit of a dry spell since then, netting just once in his last nine competitive games and failing to score a single goal in preseason.

Piatek was even dropped to the bench for Milan’s last Serie A game against Genoa in favour of Andre Silva, though the Portugal international left on deadline day for Eintracht Frankfurt.

The 24-year-old is nonetheless expected to start against Brescia, and Marco Giampaolo has offered his No.9 some advice on how to get out of the slump.

“I liked him over the last three days,” Giampaolo told the media, as per Football Italia.

“Piatek shouldn’t just focus on attacking in the final third like a pirate, he ought to be more of a complete player.

“We are Milan, we can’t always just pump long balls up, we need to pass it around. He knows how to do it, I’ve seen him in training, he just has to play like a complete player.

“Goals mustn’t be an obsession either, he should focus on playing well and the goals will come as a consequence.”

You can read the rest of Giampaolo’s comments here, plus our match preview and the official squad.

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