Saturday, April 21, 2018

Suso: Charting the Spaniard’s Meteoric Rise

Luca D'Amico-Wong in Editorial, Serie A 12 Jan 2017

AC Milan's Suso enjoying a bright season

Suso continues to impress for AC Milan.


For those of you following the Serie A, you will have noticed a new face emerging out onto the scene. That name is Suso.

The twenty-three year old winger has exploded during this season, becoming one of the best, if not the best winger in the Serie A.

Purchased from Livepool for a meager €1.3 million, Suso is dazzling Milan fans with excellent performances and an array of goals and assists.

Suso’s future looked like a bright one, promoted to Liverpool’s first team at the age of 19, but after poor showings for The Reds, he was loaned out to Spanish side UD Almeria.

It was slightly better for the youngster over in his birthplace, but he was yet to provide the performances that they knew he was capable of, notching just 3 goals and 9 assists in 33 appearances for the side.

Liverpool eventually decided to sell him to A.C. Milan, unhappy with how he was performing.

He remained in the Rossoneri’s squad for a while, but he was later loaned out in January to Genoa.

This was where it all changed.

The Genoa loan changed everything

The Spaniard seemed to have found his groove, notching six goals and two assists in nineteen games, including a hat trick against Frosinone and a brace against Sampdoria.

After returning from his loan, Milan underwent a change in management, hiring Vincenzo Montella, former Sampdoria coach to replace fire Sinisa Mihajlovic.

The expectations for Milan were low as always, as they received very little investment from owner Silvio Berlusconi as they were awaiting the closing of the deal with the Chinese.

The season, however, was a completely different story.

Milan started off strong, edging out Mihajlovic’s Torino 3-2 after a heroic last minute penalty save from wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The very next game, the Spaniard notched a goal and an assist against Napoli, an excellent performance from a youngster who seemed as though he was a dud just a few years prior.

Suso cooled off for a few games, but still provided vital performances for the Rossoneri, throwing in a barrage of crosses, dumbfounding defenders, and even notching an assist against Sampdoria and Juventus, two games which were decided by one goal.

Suso wasn’t done having his say

In a blistering run of performances, Suso notched four goals and three assists in only three matches, including a brace against dreaded rivals Inter in La Derby della Madonnina.

Suso continued this great run of form with an excellent performance against Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana, delivering an astonishing 24 crosses against left back Patrice Evra, one of which found Bonaventura’s head for the tying goal that would later allow Milan to win on penalties.

It’s been a great year for the Spaniard.

He’s delighted Milan fans as Liverpool are questioning whether this is the same player that they sold just two years ago.

Earning himself an impressive 7.44 rating from WhoScored when playing as a right winger, Suso has proved the critics wrong, and he still has plenty of time to grow at only twenty-three years of age.

As a Milan fan myself, I’d like to thank Liverpool for gifting us such a talented young prospect.


Luca D'Amico-Wong

Writer for Various Blogs including The AC Milan Offside on SBNation, Courtside Watch, Forza Italian Football, Clash Royale Tactics, and Soccer News. Loves AC Milan and Roger Federer. Avid football and video game fan who loves to travel. Will find blogging about football and video games in his free time.



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