Marko Lazetic arrived at AC Milan during the most recent January transfer window from Red Star Belgrade, but his opportunities in the first team have been few and far between.
La Gazzetta dello Sport writes how an important milestone came for Lazetic last week as he scored his first goal with Milan’s Primavera. He did it at Vismara in the Youth League against Dinamo Zagreb to make it 3-0 late on, and the hope is that it can be the spark for something greater.
As mentioned, Lazetic arrived in January 2022 from Red Star for €4m, and the 18-year-old is finally starting to make his mark after six months at the start of the year where he didn’t make much impact and a summer where it wasn’t known whether a loan spell might await.
After disposing of an injury, the teenager is now working under Ignazio Abate in the Primavera. He came on against Dinamo at 2-0 in place of Longhi in the 67th minute, scoring his first goal of the season in his first appearance.
Lazetic is not yet qualified for the UEFA B list due to the fact he has not been in Italy for long enough, but last season Lazetic made five appearances in the Primavera and one for the first team, with Pioli handing him his debut in the Coppa Italia derby against Inter.
This year the management expects more from Lazetic and the opportunity could present itself for him to get some senior minutes. Oliver Giroud is always on the pitch without a break, Divock Origi is struggling with physical problems as is Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return in 2023.
A young striker to bring on during the game can always be useful but it is worth noting that Pioli plans to have Origi and Rebic back at the resumption of the season after the international break, though he must be cautious with how he uses him.
The short story is that the Rossoneri management expect to see some returns from Lazetic despite his age, after the investment they made to bring him over to Italy and the hope he can follow Dusan Vlahovic’s path.