Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca has admitted that he is flattered by the comparisons with AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Scamacca spoke during an interview with Inside Serie A about where his playing style and his personality came from and how it has guided him to where he is now, which is one of the most talented young strikers in the league.
“I think my way of kicking the ball comes from someone who put a hand on my head. I’ve always been obsessed with shooting, it was the only thing that I loved playing as a child and this thing helped me to improve,” he said (via MilanNews).
“Away from the goal the coach asks for the dirty work, to help the team to link up and to have some variety. Having these characteristics I am adapting to his way of playing. Character and personality are very important for a player who wants to make a difference.
“When I enter the field I transform, I am different and there are no friends, relatives and brothers. Dionisi was very clear from the beginning, I thank him for helping me and he will continue to do so in the coming months. I will always thank him, he was the first to truly believe in me.
“The most beautiful goal in every sense was the one at San Siro against Milan, in a full San Siro. imagined a shot like that, I wanted to do it: either it ended up in the stands or it went like this.
“The comparison with Ibrahimovic is a pride, he is one of the strongest strikers even now. That match was perfect. My relationship with Raspadori and Berardi is excellent, we get along well and we understand each other on the pitch. Players with this quality go alone, there is an understanding on the pitch.”
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) reported earlier this week how Scamacca’s exploits have attracted the attention of several clubs. Inter have been keen on him for a while, but among the admirers of the young striker there is also Milan, particularly sporting director Frederic Massara who knows him very well from his time at Roma.
The Rossoneri are starting from a position a bit behind that of their city rivals but the presence of Ibrahimovic could certainly help it seems. The 23-year-old spent last season out on loan at Genoa and has now come back into the fold with Sassuolo, scoring 10 goals in the league already this season.