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AC Milan Need to Unleash Andre Silva in Serie A

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AC Milan's Portuguese forward Andre Silva celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Europa League group D football match between AC Milan and FK Austria-Wiendur at the San Siro stadium in Milan on November 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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