The Spaniard is finally ready for a big time position at Milan.
On January 12th 2015, AC Milan signed Spanish winger Suso Fernandez from Liverpool to a 4-year deal, and ended up paying a €1.3 million compensatory fee to Liverpool.
Since then, Suso has only appeared for Milan six times in Serie A, with one Coppa Italia appearance as well. He was sent on loan to Genoa in January to spend half of the 2015/2016 Serie A season, as he excelled scoring six goals and adding one assist in 19 appearances for the Grifone.
This included two different matches where he scored five goals, a hattrick against Frosinone and a brace in the Genoa-Sampdoria derby. Suso has now returned to Milano for the Rossoneri, as new coach Vincenzo Montella has reportedly been very impressed with his work in training so far, therefore wanting to keep him at Milan instead of selling him back to Genoa, who are apparently very interested in bringing back for next season. Montella looks to deploy a 4-3-3 formation for the pre and regular season, as Milan look to qualify for Europe again. Suso scored two goals in Milan’s pre-season 2-1 win against French Side Bordeaux, as he really impressed at the right wing position. I believe that Galliani should keep the young Spaniard in Milano, and give him a fair shot at being a starter on the right flank.
Suso showed he can put the ball in then net last season. In only playing half of the games, he managed a hattrick and also scored two nice goals in a pivotal derby with Sampdoria. He has the ability to pick out a good pass with his vision, run down the right side, track back and also use his skill to create chances and even finish them. These qualities are exactly what the Rossoneri need for a winger in this formation, because over the past few years it’s been missing, and each Milanista including myself have noticed. A few players they have tried on the right have never really panned out. Keisuke Honda was brought in as a trequartista but was tested on the flank, which he never played well in. M’baye Niang was also tested there but he never came accustomed to it, as he is better down the middle. Alessio Cerci was the next man to fill the shoes in that role, but we all know how that worked how. Hassled by the Milan tifosi and sent to Genoa as well.
Suso can finally be our man to dwell in the 4-3-3 formation, and to succeed. It’s a very small sample size, but the performance of the Spaniard in Milan’s first friendly was superb. He only played in the 1st half, but managed to finish two excellent goals and beat a few men one-on-one down the flank and in the box. I was pleasantly surprised by his performance, as he does look a different player than how he played briefly in a few appearances with Milan.
There was plentyof drama early in the summer mercato with Milan and Juventus battling for the signature of young Croatian winger Marko Pjaca. He reportedly has chosen Juventus, as they are working to find an agreement with his club Dinamo Zagreb. With seeing Suso play so far, Galliani should cut off all ties for Pjaca. The Rossoneri do not need the young Croat as I personally don’t think he will contribute anymore than Suso will, especially for a 25-30 million Euro price tag which can be spent on a midfielder, which is a much bigger need in this squad. Suso can fill in at the right wing role just fine, with class and style.
It may just be a blessing in disguise that coach Montella has taken a likening to the 22-year old winger, as I firmly believe he can be a crucial player for Milan this season, as the club needs to avoid missing European competition for the 4th straight year, as a club of this nature can not accept mediocrity.