For the first time, this season, AC Milan struck thrice without conceding. Gennaro Gattuso’s men were simply too strong for sinking Cagliari when they visited San Siro last Saturday. Unsurprisingly, two of the club’s mega winter arrivals Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek were on song.
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Gonzalo Higuain’s departure to Chelsea left a huge cleavage in the Rossoneri’s attack. The faithful anticipated further fractures. Although the Argentine didn’t necessarily fill them, albeit offered optimism. Patrick Cutrone showed promise last term, but it will be oppressive.
Milan struggled to unlock defences. The fact that Higuain notched just six Serie A goals in 15 matches, enduring a 9-game scoreless patch affirms. He casts a frustrated figure, lacking service. Although fourth on the log, Gattuso’s side had fewer goals than Atlanta and Roma – teams below them. Most Serie A predictions saw this coming.
Something urgent needed to be done. While seeking for a replacement for the unsettled Juventus loanee, Leonardo and co must add a creative spark from the middle. Owing to past experiences in the market space, the club’s hierarchy must be clever.
Paqueta and Piatek were brought on board for a combined fee of around £50million from Flamengo and Genoa respectively. After less than a month in Milan’s red-clad half, the pair are already proving to be business well done.
Piatek made it four from three starts with a sublime finish against Calgliari. His previous three goals for Milan had earned a 2-0 win over Napoli in the Coppa Italia and a league draw at Roma.
Even more eye-catching on the day, though, was Paqueta in midfield. When the Brazilian completed his move from Flamengo, there were assumptions that he might need time to acclimatise. So far, that has not been the case.
He scored Milan’s second goal, arriving right on cue to meet Davide Calabria’s cross. It that was nothing like the sum of his contribution. Paqueta was a constant source of energy on the left, winning possession as consistently as any other player on the team but also distributing it with greater vision and finesse.
With the pair, Gattuso can now showcase some flair which fans have so craved for.