The influx of new money following Bee Taechaubol’s recent investment in the club appears to have ended AC Milan‘s much vaunted youth policy which was first proposed following Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva’s departures in 2010.
However, the truth is that the project was never really given a chance by either Adriano Galliani or a succession of coaches who consistently preferred to rely on fading big-names.
The irony now is that although Milan have returned to their former ways of spending money on established stars , in new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic they actually have a tactician with a decent record of giving young players a chance. Of course giving youngsters first team opportunities in the provinces where there is less pressure is not the same as putting your job on the line by giving them a playing time at a club of Milan’s stature.
However, pre-season has been encouraging in terms of Mihajlovic’s selections with several potential stars afforded opportunities to highlight their ability ahead of the new season.
Here are five of the most promising young players at the club who could feature for the Rossoneri this season.
Davide Calabria (Right-Back, 18 years old)
The 18-year old has progressed through the various youth levels at Milanello and has been an important part of the Primavera side for the past few seasons, winning the prestigious Torneo di Viareggio under Filippo Inzaghi’s tutelage in 2014.
Indeed it was the former Rossoneri coach who gave the youngster his Serie A debut against Atalanta in the final game of last season. Calabria had been called up to the Milan bench without making an appearance for several games before hand and given the poor performances from Milan’s back-line last season it is arguable that he should have made his debut far sooner.
An enterprising right-back in the mold of fellow academy graduate Mattia De Sciglio, the youngster has impressed after playing in several pre-season outings and could be set to surpass De Sciglio this season after the Italian international struggled badly with form and injuries last term.