AC Milan announced the signing of Noah Okafor from Red Bull Salzburg last weekend, and in doing so they have secured an intriguing talent who was in demand.
As MilanNews writes, Okafor joins Milan for a deal worth between €13-15m and Stefano Pioli has another wild card for his attacking department, given that he can play as a centre-forward, a false nine type and on the left wing too.
He rose to prominence with FC Basel in his native Switzerland in 2018 and after a season and a half – in January 2020 – he moved to Salzburg for €11m in the same window that Erling Haaland went to Borussia Dortmund.
Manchester City wanted to sign Okafor too at that time, but his father advised him to sign for Salzburg, opting for gradual growth rather than risking burning out by going for the big move immediately.
Okafor does not have the numbers of the classic striker because he plays the role in an atypical way, given his technical characteristics. He is more movement and speed-based than an old school centre-forward like Olivier Giroud, for example.
The 23-year-old scored 7 goals and 3 assists in 21 games in the league last season, with a contribution of one goal every 99 minutes. He netted 3 goals in their 6 Champions League group stage matches.
In the previous season, Okafor scored 9 goals in 21 league appearances and added 9 assists, which equated to a goal contribution every 52 minutes played, and he scored 3 goals in 6 Champions League games then too.
Many will also remember the nutmeg on Pierre Kalulu last season and then beating Mike Maignan the same way, which is his skill set in a nutshell.