One of the surprised of AC Milan’s 6-0 friendly win over Pro Sesto on Saturday was that teenage left-back Milos Kerkez got his name on the scoresheet twice.
MilanNews recalls his journey to becoming a Milan player, beginning by noting how it was the work of directors Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara plus crucially the chief scout Geoffrey Moncada who were behind the deal, just like most acquisitions to bolster the Primavera. The club want to focus on talents from the youth sector and wish to strengthen that pool by fishing for rough diamonds abroad.
Kerkez arrived at Milan during the last winter transfer market from ETO FC Győr and after six months in the Primavera, the Hungarian is adapting more and more to Italian football. This summer he will be training Milanello with the senior side and Stefano Pioli will evaluate him in the various friendlies that the Rossoneri will play.
His dynamic performance against Pro Sesto – during which he got forward more than Theo did in the first half down the left side – was also rewarded two goals, both similar in nature.
Obviously, Kerkez will have to be evaluated further and even more thoroughly, but the club’s mercato strategy is perhaps perfectly symbolised in his capture: raw players but with evident talent, to be modelled and shaped by the staff.
Who could be next? Emil Roback is likely to have a chance in preseason. He arrived from Hammarby last year and is highly regarded, while two new signings may arrive in Warren Bondo of AS Nancy-Lorraine and Pierre Dwomoh of KRC Genk. The Primavera will participate in the UEFA Youth League and the level of the opponents will rise accordingly, so Milan are planning.