With an infusion of cash from the far east into one of Italy’s most successful clubs (albeit mostly loans), AC Milan spent over 250 million euro on players during the 2017 summer transfer window to bridge the gap between themselves and the front runners in the Serie A.
One of those players was Portuguese international Andre Silva.
The former Porto man lit up the Portuguese first division last year scoring 16 goals and assisting five. He also scored four in Champions League last season bringing his total to 20 goals in all competitions.
That prompted Italian giants to sign him for 38 million euro.
To also bolster their strike force, they also signed Fiorentina forward Nikola Kalinic on an initial loan deal with an option to buy next summer for over 20 million euro.
With his experience in Italy, Kalinic has been perferred by former manager Vincenzo Montella and new manager Gennaro Gattuso. So far, Andre Silva has made four starts and 8 substitute appearances in the league this season depriving him of a consistent run of matches in the side.
André Silva played 18 minutes in AC Milan’s 1-1 draw away at Fiorentina. Again, he failed to break his duck in Serie A & once more is the subject of unjust criticism. He’s young in an entirely different league playing 10-20 mins per game, he’s not superman. Give him time. pic.twitter.com/8lZqZR6CSD
— Marino Peixoto (@Marinovpeixoto) December 30, 2017
While he hasn’t made an impact in the league, he was one of the best performers in the Europa League this season scoring six goals in as many games.
As a striker, Andre Silva is an excellent finisher, good in the air, and crafty when linking up with teammates. He showed it in Portugal and can show it in the Serie A.
In the league, AC Milan have been abysmal. They sit mid table in 11th place with their most recent result being a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.
If they want to rectify their season, not only do the rest of the team have to improve, Gattuso must be bold in giving Andre Silva a consistent run of games. With the rise of Patrick Cutrone from the youth system, Gattuso has worked with the young Italian and trusts him, but he can help foster a partnership with Cutrone and Silva. Clearly, Kalinic has not been performing with four goals in 16 games to his name. Gattuso needs to shake things up to get the offense clicking again.
If Nikola Kalinic isn’t providing anything at all up front, pretty much like he hasn’t all season long, why is a €38m striker in Andre Silva sitting on the bench in the 78th minute down 2-0 at home?
— Matthew Santangelo (@Matt_Santangelo) December 23, 2017
The only way is up, and what better way to do it than to give their big name signing more games and more minutes to find his goal-scoring form of years past.