With the possibility of Ricky Kaka returning to AC Milan this week, Gino De Blasio (@ginodb) thinks that there is something slightly more sinister behind the return and why the club won’t be benefiting from the return of their ex-golden boy.
By Gino De Blasio – @ginodb
Someone has been drinking “the coolade” in the Via Turrati offices of Milan. That’s the only way I can describe the winter market fiasco that has now been plaguing the rossoneri since January 1st.
In the summer I wrote how I didn’t personally think that signing Kaka would be the right move for the outfit, and my opinion hasn’t changed since then. In fact, I have become even further convinced that the move for the ex-star of the rossoneri is political leverage for Silvio Berlusconi and nothing tactically advantageous.
Allegri has been under a swarm of criticism by many fans for a long time (I admit, even I lost my temper with him in October) for some of the tactical decisions he is making. These decisions have seen players out of many “natural” positions and causing the team to look like some sort of disjointed cirque-du-soleil performance.
For example, Urby Emmanuelson has been played as a trequartista (sits behind the strikers) and right-sided attacker. He is of course a left back. Kevin Prince Boateng has somehow become a trequartista who sporadically shoots from 45 yards, achieving one goal in 18 games. He is naturally a central midfielder. Bojan Krikic has become a central striker when he is a wide attacking striker, and so on and so on.
So when Allegri proposes that Kaka could become a deep-lying midfielder, protecting the defence, fans, pundits and even possibly Allegri himself starts to question the validity of the decision of signing the Real Madrid midfielder if he doesn’t play in the role which would render greater opportunities for the team.
But there is another sticking point to all of this kerfuffle. Milan’s management has led everyone to believe that this was year zero. A year where Milan rebuild with a project that involved youth, that paved the way, so that within three years, Milan has a young, experienced squad to return to European glory and domestic supremacy. A squad where, whilst coupled with a few experienced heads now, would have more free-flowing and “Barcelona style” football, a team which would have the right balance of skill and physicality. Milan signed Ricky Saponara, an Empoli creative midfielder who could, although not yet proven, create this kind of style with the likes of Stephan El-Sharaaway, Riccardo Montolivo and Mattia De Sciglio etc.
The Mario Balotelli case is different. Milan need a world-class striker and if Balotelli can deliver on his promise, within a team that can provide the support structure he needs, then that could be worth the gamble to take the next step. When Balotelli and El Sharawaay have stepped up for Italy together, the chemistry was there, they just need more time together, in my opinion, to make it work.
So is Kaka really needed? Wouldn’t the money spent for his return and wage demands be better spent on some world-class defenders and shore up the weakest area for the milanese giants? Shouldn’t the “youth project” be given a chance to grow and develop over being stifled by a player that, let’s face it, went to Real Madrid on his own whim and earned himself a pretty penny at the same time.
This reeks of Berlusconi using his football team to gain more political leverage in a country so fickle to take note of this sort of thing. Star players equals more votes. If Milan were really serious of getting third place, they would do better to shore up the defence and make players actually play in the position they knew where to play.
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