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It is official; Antonio Cassano is now a Milan player. With his arrival the Rossoneri undoubtedly possess the strongest strike force in Serie A and perhaps one of the strongest in Europe.

Given the attacking talent already present at Milan, it has come as a surprise that Milan’s first signing, and perhaps last, of the January transfer window was another striker. However, Ronaldinho’s departure from the Rossoneri seems imminent and it is most likely for this reason that Milan have sought a replacement.

Indeed, Cassano may prove to be a much better alternative to Ronaldinho. Despite enjoying a renaissance season last term, the Brazilian has been in atrocious form this season.

Cassano, on the other hand, before being forced out of Sampdoria, was enjoying the best period of his career. Back in the Azzurri after establishing himself as the talisman for Sampdoria, for a brief moment it seemed that Cassano had finally come of age.

But, yet again, things went awry for Cassano as his stupendous ways led him into trouble with Sampdoria president Ricardo Garrone.

Although he has now not played for a sometime, Cassano will surely be eager to start performing again and reclaim his spot in the Azzurri set-up after losing his place in the side because of his expulsion from Sampdoria.

For Milan coach Max Allegri, Cassano may just be the kind of player he needs to play in the hole behind the two strikers. When Allegri first implemented his favoured 4-3-1-2 system with Milan, it was Ronaldinho who was given the first chance to prove himself in this role.

The Brazilian was a colossal disaster, as his lack of fitness and motivation was all too apparent. Robinho and Clarence Seedorf were both given chances also but for different reasons neither two impressed.

Most surprisingly, it was Kevin Prince Boateng that impressed most in this role. The German born Ghanaian has proven that he can both score goals and create them playing in this role. His enterprising efforts cemented his place in this position.

Nevertheless, it has to be admitted that this role is not Boateng’s natural position. Certainly his efforts have been highly commendable, given the kind of player he is, but for Milan to really push for major honours, a special type of player is needed for this role.

Antonio Cassano is one such player. He possesses the ability to create something from nothing, to beat his marker or to see an opening that few other can see. Cassano is the traditional number 10, in the mould of a Roberto Baggio or Francesco Totti.

Cassano represents a perfect solution for the trequartista role. Well, almost perfect. Never the most disciplined or hard working player, the former Bari prodigy will have to shed some weight and increase in his work rate if he is to become the player that Allegri needs.

Certainly, Allegri will work hard to make this happen, but that means he will have to succeed where most other coaches have failed.

Allegri will also have the unenviable task of somehow managing Cassano’s temperament which again is another area where most other coaches have failed in the past.

But Allegri’s work with the other egoists of the Milan squad, including Robinho and Ibrahimovic, has been highly commendable to date. Whether Allegri will manage the same with Cassano will remain to be seen.

Trying to manage all these egos whilst attempting to get the best out of his star studded striker force will be a tall order for Milan’s young tactician.

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