The newly acquired Gianluca Lapadula made his first start for Milan in Serie A last night, as he looked to impress and find the back of the net.
The former Pescara forward arrived in Milano this past summer for 10 million euros. After debuting off the bench a few times, he made his first Serie A start at Stadio Luigi Ferraris against Sampdoria last night in a collective 1-0 victory for the Rossoneri.
Here’s the breakdown of Gianluca Lapadula’s performance.
What he did well:
His movement in the 1st half. When the Rossoneri won possession, his first instinct was to make a run off the shoulders of the defenders. These movements forced the Sampdoria players to drop back even further, which provided more room for the midfield to push the ball up.
Lapadula also held the ball up quite well. He was facing a tough task as the lone striker almost taking on two defenders, but he really did work hard. Gianluca is a player that just keeps running and presses the ball; that’s what we saw from him today. Also, he had a wonderful touch on a long ball from Bonaventura but unfortunately volleyed the ball over. All in all a decent performance.
What he could’ve improved on:
Definitely he could improve on latching on to the ball more. There were a few times where the ball was played into him for hold-up play or to even to get in behind the defence and he lost the duel.
When the ex-Delfini star gradually plays more he will improve in this aspect, but today that was one of his weaknesses. He ran hard, but that doesn’t mean as much when the ball isn’t arriving at your feet.
1 shot, 2 key passes, 90% pass accuracy, 13 touches and one yellow card.
What’s to come:
Lapadula will become a very good forward for Milan. He can score with both of his feet which is a huge plus, as he looks to get more and more playing time under Vincenzo Montella.
Amid reports of a training rift between Montella and the match-winner — Carlos Bacca — it’ll be interesting to see how things will look up front moving forward.
There is no disputing how clinical the Colombian is when provided service and is around goal. Perhaps Montella could explore a 4-4-2 setup which allows Lapadula, a better link up player than Bacca, to provide some support in the attack.