Former AC Milan striker, Hernan Crespo, says Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo will be perfect fit for AC Milan but must be ready to adapt to the club’s mentality.
Zaniolo was very impressive for Roma this season after he burst into the limelight in 2018 at the age of 19, scoring the winner in the UEFA Europa Conference League against Dutch side Feyenoord.
Milan have pencilled the youngster, who scored his 12th goal in all competitions for Lu Lapa in the UEFA final to compliment his 81 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side. However, Crespo advised that Zaniolo will have to improve at Milan whose players have always covered up the slack from their flaws.
The former Argentine international and head coach of Qatari club, Al-Duhail, pointed out that Milan winning the Italian Scudetto can be attributed to the attitude of the players towards complimenting each other’s effort. Furthermore, He stressed that Zaniolo will fit into the club’s squad on the right-wing. “Really well. On the rightwing, he would be like the cherry on top,” Crespo told Italian media.
“However, Pioli’s Milan won the Scudetto because they had a fantastic team spirit because everyone helped each other out and that is how they overcame difficulties. “Zaniolo, if he really does get to Milan, would need to adapt to this spirit. It is he would need to adapt to Milan, not the other way around.
“He will need to prove himself ready to track down opponents, ready to win back the ball, aggressive in the pressing. For him, it would be a jump in quality which would help him reach his level,” Crespo added.
The Trumpet reports that Hernan Crespo played one season for Milan in 2004-2005 and scored a brace in the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool before they were submerged in penalties to lose the trophy despite a recording 3-0 lead.