After a stellar start this season, Krzysztof Piątek has been linked to every top European club in this January transfer window. However, it seems like his next destination will be the San Siro, with AC Milan.
The Polish international has reportedly agreed a transfer to Milan for a fee of €35 million. He has taken Serie A by storm, scoring 13 goals in 19 appearances, 2nd only to Cristiano Ronaldo. Having only moved to the I Rossoblu’s last summer for a reported €4.5 million, Genoa are set to make a healthy profit of €30 million. But what can Piatek offer the former Serie A champions?
Style of Play
Likened to his idol Pippo Inzaghi, Piątek’s playing style can best be defined as someone who doesn’t strike you as a danger but will make you pay if given a chance. Extremely clinical, you do not want to give Krzysztof any space within 20 yards of the goal.
Piątek clearly has a high footballing IQ, as he is able to manipulate space just like Pippo. For all you Football Manager heads out there, his manager recently commented on how complete his game could become; we all know how valuable a Complete Forward is to any system (I do offer Football Manager tutoring, just hit me up on Twitter @_indygill)
According to Squawka, Piątek has only had 7 clear cut chances all season, but has scored 13 goals. A quite incredible stat once you think about it. This means even when not statistically favoured to finish the chance, Piątek can still find a way to get onto the scoresheet.
There is deserved hype around the Genoa #9, but one has to wonder, is he just a one-season wonder? As analysis progresses and teams learn how to stop your best players even quicker, it is key that Piątek has the flexibility to adapt his game.
He has shown glimpses that he can do it all – pass, score, hold-up play, press the opposition effectively – he is almost Lewandowski-esque in the way he plays the role of No.9. With the figures being touted, the Rossoneri faithful will certainly expect a lot of the 23-year old Pole. Only time will tell if he can handle the pressure.
In my opinion, a striker with his skill set is hard to find, with only his Polish compatriot at Bayern and Harry Kane possessing what Piątek offers. A younger and cheaper version of both, it could be the deal that Milan reflect upon in years to come, for the right reasons.
With Gonzalo Higuain set to leave for Chelsea, the two time capped Polish international will be welcomed with open arms to the San Siro.
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