What are Milan getting in Cerci?

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 Alessio Cerci of Club Atletico de Madrid sits on the bench prior to the UEFA Champions League group A match between Juventus and Club Atletico de Madrid at Juventus Arena on December 9, 2014 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Cerci sits on the bench prior to the UEFA Champions League group A match between Juventus and Club Atletico de Madrid at Juventus Arena on December 9, 2014. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Talks to exchange Alessio Cerci with Fernando Torres are ‘advanced’. So, it is highly probable that Torres will leave Milan in January with Cerci coming in. But what kind of player is heading to Milan and what is he expected to add to the Rossoneri?

No doubt a talented player, Cerci grew up at Roma, where his career was plagued by a sense that he had never reached his full potential. Cerci never lived up to the hype at Roma and his off-field behaviour made his skills expendable.

His up and down form saw him eventually leave the Giallorossi in 2010 to join Fiorentina, where he also struggled to make a real impact. In between, a 2007-08 spell in loan in Serie B, at Pisa, where he met the coach Giampiero Ventura for the first time. It was a match made in heaven as Cerci, under Ventura’s tutelage, produced his best season in 2007-08 Serie B.

In Firenze, under manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, he never showed his ability. While he didn’t contribute on the pitch, he left his mark off the field due to his usual undisciplined behaviour that made him an easy scapegoat for his team’s poor performances that season. Just take as example the circumstances in which he parked his Ferrari and Maserati around Firenze or when he yelled to a police officer ‘you don’t know who I am’.

After wasting his chance once again, he was sold to Torino in 2012. There he was reunited with Ventura. That move produced and Cerci restored his career convincing Diego Simeone to pursue him after last season.

Signing Cerci was a huge gamble for Simeone. It didn’t pay off. The Thierry Henry of Valmontone failed to make an impact in Madrid. His offensive brilliance wasn’t enough to answer Simeone’s requests. Simeone likes wingers a la Arda Turan, i.e. footballers able to add offensive flair but also impressive in their hard working, defensive contribution. Cerci is just able to push forward.

TURIN, ITALY - MARCH 30:  Alessio Cerci of Torino FC celebrates scoring their second goal during the Serie A match between Torino FC and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on March 30, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Cerci celebrates scoring during the Serie A match between Torino and Cagliari at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on March 30, 2014. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

From a tactical viewpoint, although Cerci was effective working as a second forward, where Ventura deployed him at Torino after he switched from his classic 4-2-4 to a 3-5-2- formation, he’s perfectly suited to playing out wide in a three-forward shape. Playing as an inverted winger on the right side gives Cerci the option to exploit his strong left-foot.

That said, it is hard to image Cerci pushing Kaisuke Honda, the current right-wing starter in Filippo Inzaghi’s 4-3-3, to the sideline. Pippo can bring Cerci on, moving Honda to the opposite flank or simply alternate both players on the right side. Milan take a gamble in bringing in Cerci but it’s a calculated one.

Cerci comes replacing a player like Torres, who failed to settle in Milan and to convince Inzaghi he deserved a starting spot. If Cerci will be able to regain his past brilliant form, he can add a significant boost to Milan’s hopes to get to the Champions League qualification stage.

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GiancarloC

The issue with Honda is he is an attacking midfielder, not a winger. Honda is a very talented player, but so is Cerci. We are getting a very good player with no potential negative cost. We could have paid Torino what they were asking, but this transfer is possibly high reward and low cost. And if he doesn’t work out for Milan, he will go back to Atletico. I think he will play well for us.

uslar ses

Any player that wear the no.9 jersey in milan for the past 2 years end up with 1 goal…..and when goes to another team he end up in th goal scoring chart.

ardi

Evgen Konoplyanka is a player ac milan must get in january in any cost, as his contarct runs out with dipro in june he will be available for 5/6 million euros… thats to cheap for a player like him… secund try to sell pazzini 3/5 millions, matri as he has a good season with genoa sell him araund 7/8 because he was waste of money and we will get stuck with him if we dont sell him now., try to sell agazi 2/4 million as gabriel is becomin a great kepper in seria B and gori great talent in the… Read more »

Danrondo

Comment:He (Cerci) has the right not to come to us if his summer/future is not settled. I don’t blame him anyway, he needs to get the best deal for himself while A.Madrid want to recoup the purchase spent on him.
But I hope he doesn’t fail here having already failed in big clubs.

pelle80

Finally a meaningful transfer

Shams Arafat

Cerci is not as talented or consistent as ppl think. Griezzman is way ahead in terms of professionalism and technicality. In top football cerci has only 1 outstanding season. I’ve seen him play for Italy when he’s supposed be on top form. He was rather poor in reality. It’s a gamble. Plus we need to ask, has Torres got any key passes from our midfield in his short stay???

GiancarloC

I don’t think you seen him enough to be hoenst. He was doing pretty well for Fiorentina despite what people said. Managed 8-10 goals a season with the same amount of assists. Torres never quite fit into our formation. By the way, players like Bonaventura and Abate (when he was playing and fit) made quite a few assists to our attacking players.

milan2280

Menez
El sha Cerci
Honda

Its not that hard inzaghi……..

ceekay

Replacing Honda or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we have a quality addition to the squad. There will alwayz be a way around everything. Remember some players get injured while some players drop form.

Kourosh

Honda will have to go to play for Japan in the Asian championship soon so we need a replacement for the time that he’s going to be absent and I think we got a more than able replacement in Cerci. Good business.

noname

Honestly I would love if taarabt get permanent deal last summer, and I think he would be able to work with inzaghi formation. But cerci isn’t so bad, let’s try compare to fernando that he even can’t dribble a ball anymore

Peter

4-3-3 AC Milan Line Up GK – Diego Lopez (alt. Abbiati, Gori) RB – Abate (alt. De Sciglio, Bonera, Rami, Poli) CB – Mexes (alt. Alex) CB – Rami (alt. Bonera) LB – De Sciglio (alt. Antonelli) LM – Bonaventura (alt. Antonelli, Saponara, Cristante) CM – Montolivo (alt. Cristante) RM – Baselli (alt. Poli, Cristante, Honda) LF – ElSharawy (alt. Bonaventura, Saponara) CF – Menez (alt. Matri, Mastour) RF – Cerci (alt. Honda, Mastour) IN Gori, Antonelli, Baselli, Cristante, Matri OUT CB- Zaccardo, Zapata LB- Albetrazzi, Armero CM – Essien, Muntari, De Jong, Van Ginkel CF – Niang, Pazzini TEAM… Read more »

Giancarlo

Who is Gori? Antonelli is fine, and could arrive as Armero may swap with him.

Cristante is never coming back to Milan. BTW, we should sign Brozovic and Bertolacci… IMO.

And Matri? I want him to stay FAR AWAY from this team. Horrible striker! Chicharito on loan with option to buy is BETTER.

luke

Matri??? That was the biggest waste of 12M. I hope Milan never brings him back – he is useless.

Giancarlo

I’d rather take 32 year old Gilardino back than Matri lol. Matri is 30. Not that much younger lol.

ernst

Did you guys see how torres played for A. madrid?!?!?!? It is not about the player but the team. Torres is good, but it is just that the team can’t play to that kind of standard anymore.