Something about this pintsized Croatian and his dazzling feet charmed the world of football from the minute he entered La Masia. His daringly low centre of gravity and the simplicity in which he glides beyond defenders drew up instant comparisons to the magisterial Lionel Messi but Alen Halilović’s career has certainly not followed the same road…
After bouncing around the ‘lower’ sides in La Liga (Sporting Gijón and Las Palmas), could Halilović have finally found a home at one of the biggest clubs in Europe? Welcome to I Rossoneri Alen!
There’s nothing better than seeing both Milan superpowers finally back and competing in Serie A. Inter may have edged their city rivals last campaign, finishing fourth and claiming UEFA Champions League football once again, but the seven-time European champions are also back and determined to challenge the seemingly invincible Juventus to the Scudetto.
At 22 years old, Halilović has vastly improved since his perhaps untimely ejection from the Barcelona setup. Last campaign saw him finally show people what they have been begging to see for the past 3 years. Despite only featuring 17 times for Las Palmas in their relegation from La Liga last season, Halilovič’s fancy flicks and occasional moments of brilliance gave the Estadio Gran Canaria faithful something to shout about. In terms of tangible accomplishments, he managed to create at least one goalscoring opportunity for his teammates per game and he was also successful in 56% of his takes ons (Thanks Squawka). Not awful, but not great either.
Milan have been craving a creative spark in their midfield since the days of Andrea Pirlo, with ageing Argentinian Lucas Biglia and out of sorts Ricardo Montolivo failing to dominate the midfield. The Rossoneri must be hoping that Alen Halilović can finally reignite the excitement inside the Giuseppe Miazza, something that hasn’t been the same since a certain Ronaldhino graced the pitch.
We’d love to see Alen Halilović finally fulfil his potential. Whether that’ll be at Milan remains to be seen.