AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso is considering a formation change and the deployment of Lucas Paqueta in a new role.
There was absolute curiosity among Rossoneri fans but also football fans in general for the arrival of Lucas Paqueta at AC Milan. The club paid 35 million euros for his services but so far we can say it has been a great investment.
The 21 year old midfielder arrived in the beginning of January from Flamengo and has immediately collected approvals and applause for his rapid integration in Gattuso’s starting eleven. The Brazilian wizard has adapted immediately to a football very different from the one played in Brazil until a few months ago. In short, Paqueta has demonstrated character, spirit of sacrifice and self-denial for the greater good of the team.
Until now Paqueta has been deployed by Gennaro Gattuso in only one role, as inside left in the three man midfield. The Brazilian in practice is the effective substitute of Giacomo Bonaventura, the ductile Milan midfielder who will remain out until the end of the season after a very serious knee injury.
However things could change very soon. According to La Repubblica, Mr. Gattuso is considering the use of Lucas Paqueta in another position. Though Bonaventura is out for the rest of the season Lucas Biglia has returned and now offers additional choices to Gennaro Gattuso.
The AC Milan coach is considering switching to an even more offensive formation, a sort of 4-3-1-2 with the presence of Piatek and Cutrone together up front to make the attack of Milan even more lethal and dangerous. Behind them, in the role of pure trequartista, there could be Paqueta, who would have the opportunity to express themselves freely between the lines, just like he did at Flamengo. A very tempting idea that will have to be tested later, when the team finds more stability and balance.