Zbigniew Boniek has spoken about the situation of Krzysztof Piątek, saying he’s not worried by his lack of goals.
The Serie A season starts this weekend and Milan are still looking for a second striker to play alongside Krzysztof Piątek.
The Polish striker will undoubtedly lead the line of Marco Giampaolo this year but he found things difficult in pre-season, failing to score despite playing the vast majority of the friendlies.
“Why I am not worried about Piątek’s lack of goals in pre-season? First of all because Milan have changed a coach and Kris, like the rest of the team, will need time to assimilate the mechanisms of the new system,” Zbigniew Boniek, the head of the Polish Football Association, and a former Juventus and Roma player, told Wednesday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Piątek seems to be struggling more than the others? But friendlies don’t count, they are played at a different pace and with a totally different approach than real games. It’s like when you shoot a penalty: in training you see a small goalkeeper in front of you and during the real match it works in reverse. And that’s where Piątek becomes lethal.
“If he’ll be lethal in Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2? Milan have taken an exceptional coach, tactically one of the best in Italy, if not the best. He’s prepared, he takes care of the details and he’s always done a great job with defenders and forwards: with him you can also grow individually.
“If Piątek has the abilities needed for Giampaolo’s system as his striker must not only be a finisher but also participate in the play and open spaces? Sure. Kris knows how to play football. He’s shown it in the national team with Lewandowski: cuts, exchanges and assists, he’s shown everything. After all, he was also a complete striker at Genoa: he dribbled, came to get the ball out of the area and spread.
“These characteristics were not very much on display at Milan between January and May? Exactly: that was a Milan who didn’t play for the attackers, the strikers were served only deep or to defend the long balls. Piątek often played with his back to the goal yet he scored 11 goals. I don’t see why it shouldn’t happen again [Piątek showing his vast qualities] with a coach who prefers offensive play.
“If it’s more difficult to confirm yourself at certain levels than to get there? We must have a clear picture: in the first year in Italy, Piątek did too well, replicating that season is not easy. If he scored another 30 goals we’d be in front of the new Ronaldo, wouldn’t we?
“Tips for Milan who are looking for Piątek’s best partner? Giampaolo is trying Suso as an attacking midfielder but I see him as a second striker. It seems to be that he’s more inclined to cuts and inserting the box. And he’s looking very hard for a shot.
“What will be the biggest difficulty that Piątek will face in his second season in Serie A? Sooner or later, criticism will fall on him. In fact, some has already started. We’ll have to see how he reacts. He seems impermeable in this regard? Yes, and this is his strength. He’s a guy with great mental balance. Like the great players, he can always remain calm without losing conviction in his abilities, which are excellent: he has a good technique and he can score in any way.
“I just give him one piece of advice: think about playing well without getting obsessed with goals. There’s no problem at all, he’s always scored them and he’s going to score a lot this season too.”