A host of former Milan forwards have given their verdict on the budding talent that is Stephan El Shaarawy.
The 19-year-old is making a name for himself this season after netting five goals in his last four games for the Diavolo.
“El Shaarawy has all the qualities needed to become a great player, but he still needs to grow,” stated Dejan Savicevic to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“He’s quick, he has a good shot and he scores with ease. However, if you don’t score goals then people will criticise you in Italy.
“It’s important that he’s scoring in a difficult moment for Milan…”
Andriy Shevchenko is also a fan of the Italian international. “El Shaarawy is fast, technically gifted and he has the freshness that you need in the difficult moments,” the Ukrainian noted.
“Who is he like? I don’t know who El Shaarawy can be compared to. I think that comparisons are harmful, because every champion is different.
“But Stephan has something that reminds me of myself, for example in the way that he accelerates.”
While Sheva was cautious with comparisons, Jose Altafini and Maurizio Ganz didn’t hold back.
“El Shaarawy reminds me of Neymar and Messi,” Altafini claimed. “They have a low centre of gravity. They play with the ball glued to their feet.
“El Shaarawy has already proved that he’s a good player. The important thing is not to bulk him up too much.”
Ganz said: “El Shaarawy reminds me of Neymar because they both like to start from deep. I like El Shaarawy because he’s very good at going straight for goal.
“He’s also an intelligent player, who is now showing that he’s also a scorer.”
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