Ac Milan Promising Future Talents: 'Part One'
Despite still being considered as an old squad by many people, Ac Milan actually preparing a serious future project that currently being outlook by many football viewers. For at least the past two seasons, the Rossoneri have been making serious signings in the youth squad by acquiring some very interesting youngsters and placed them into the Rossoneri's youth ranks.
Here are some interesting future talent that would get a chance to break into the Rossoneri's first team in the future:
The German-Belorussian 18 years old, has caught the eye of many football fans lately as the teenager put out some exciting performance in Milan's pre-season matches. The former Stuttgart youth academy player showed some flashes of brilliance, enthusiasm, skills and hard work that have been often missed by the Milan fans lately. Milan's new coach also seemed to like the youngster as he praised Merkel a lot saying that he is an intelligent player that read the game very well and could feature in the first team from next season.
Surely the youngster won't instantly get a starting spot from day one especially if Kevin Prince Boated do arrive to San Siro, however with the fact that Allegri has already given Merkel lots of playing time in the pre-season there's always a big hope that he can play in some games or probably starting in Copa Italy.
With a proper nurturing, Merkel can be the Rossoneri's new hope as soon as possible as the youngsters obviously has an exciting talent that could explode at the right moment.
The strength of the player that reportedly turned out the Germany u-21 calls up is obviously his intelligence, work rate and technical abilities that are pretty good for a teenager that previously haven't had a sniff to play against older players until this pre-season. Until the last game against Panathinaikos, Merkel has proven that he is confident enough to play alongside players years above his age, there's some nervy signs here and there but it's pretty much something that will go away once he feels comfortable playing with his seniors.
This season, his name is still being listed on the Primavera rank, however should Merkel keeps on improving I can sure you the blond midfielder will feature in some matches with the senior team. Especially since Allegri did said that, it is important to add young players in the squad as it would make the team healthier.
Marco Ezio Fossati
The soon to be 18 teenager, is one of the brightest talent in the 2009 FIFA u-17 World Cup taking the young Italian team into the quarter final before loosing against the eventual winner, Swiss in a match where luck was just not on the Azzurrini's side. Still, along with Fiorentina's Federico Carraro, Fossati is the highlight of the young Italy's squad on tournament, providing all the creativity that catch the eyes of many football pundits all over the world.
During the u-17 tournament he is still an Inter Milan player, however this summer the young teenager from Monza heads back to his root, his childhood team, Ac Milan and ready to re-start the journey that he used to do before moving to Inter about 2-3 years ago. Fossati is labeled as the next Andrea Pirlo although his playing kinda resembles more of Alberto Aquilani or Cesc Fabregas, however his skill, shooting, passing and vision does resembles a bit of Milan's midfield metronome.
Having an awesome career at Inter's u-16 squad, Fossati make his way into the primavera, unfortunately last season he didn't had the best of experience as the Nerazzurri coach didn't play him that much due to personal tactical taste. However, his talent is obviously still there and with the fact he is still only 17-years-old, the former Milan u-15 team captain could be entering the first team squad also especially should he manage to perform well in the Primavera this season.
Not many Milan fans may heard his name yet, however last season's captain of Milan's Giovanissimi Nazionali that wins the youth scudetto is an exciting talent that could really be heard in the next years. Still only 15-years-old, Cristante has recently get promoted to the Allievi squad and become the youngest player in that team. Surely he will not be entering the first team in a while, but his talent is undoubted as he's the dynamo of the Giovanissimi Nazionali and considered one of the best midfielder in Italy for that age competition.
You'll heard it first should this kid finally living up to his potential in a few years to come.
The former Atalanta youth star, has also being regarded as one of the exciting young talents for the future. Still only 17, the box-to-box midfielder has been heralded will be Milan's important player for the upcoming Primavera season as he will probably play alongside Fossati and Hottor in the young Rossoneri's core.
Spending most of his youth at Bergamo, Calvano managed to break himself into Italy's u-17 squad that played in the Euro u17 qualification. Getting recognition by the press as one of the interesting u-17 talent in Italy, Milan acted quick and snapped him from Atalanta last January where he directly joins the Milan's Primavera and become the youngest player at the age group.
According to many scouts, Calvano is a very talented box-to box midfielder that possess good shooting techniques and excellent vision for player of his age. The young midfielder didn't manage to get lots of playing time last season as he need to adapt more with his teammates and also having some injury problems by the end of the primavera season. However, this season with lots of new players coming in, the 17-years-old could be one of the important young act for the Rossoneri and should he impress this season, he might get a chance to feature in the first team.
(to be continued)
written by Dewa Nugraha