On Monday, Milan and Genoa came to an official agreement that sent midfielder Suso to the Rossoblu on a six-month loan. Can this move benefit the former Liverpool player as much as it did M’Baye Niang last January?
Last January, Milan sent striker M’Baye Niang to Genoa on a six-month loan, hoping he would acquire the needed development through an increased workload. Sure enough, the former Montpellier man got the hike in minutes that he was not receiving from Pippo Inzaghi, and made the most of it.
Niang went on to feature in 14 Serie A matches for Genoa during the second half of the 2014-15 campaign, scoring 5 goals while adding three assists. Of course, the rossoneri brought him back for this season and they are sure glad they did as he’s managed to score 4 goals in eight total matches, proving that the loan paid off in his molding.
Niang’s loan to the rossoblu proved to be a good move by Galliani. Can we expect the same from Suso’s loan?
The young Spaniard has been a quality prospect for some time now, but has found it difficult to cement his place with a club. Suso, when at Liverpool, was sent out on loan to Spanish side Almeria in the summer of 2013 to gain some first team exposure, with hopes of eventually returning to the Merseyside club as a key contributor. With Almeria, the talented attacker played in multiple roles and was a sparkplug for the La Liga outfit, scoring 3 goals while tallying nine assists in 35 matches.
While Spain and Italy play two vastly different types of football, we have witnessed the 22-year old shine when given starting minutes. Suso now provides manager Gian Piero Gasperini with a skillful and versatile playmaker, one who could give Genoa a much needed boost. Seeing as Genoa currently sit in 17th and just two points above relegation, they could surely use any help out there. Of course, it comes from Milan who seem to always look Genoa’s way when dealing players.
For the sake of Suso’s development, this move could prove to be the jumpstart he needs to launch his career. This loan allows Suso to escape the pressures of playing at the San Siro, and take to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris which is much less intimidating for young player.
Suso could immediately find himself in the midst of a rivalry as his new club Genoa and town rival Sampdoria go head to head at the Ferraris in the latest installment of the classic Derby della Lanterna. If Suso does take get some action on Tuesday, he could instantly prove to be a key signing this month.