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Frank Tigani On January - 7 - 2011

Player Focus: Antonio Cassano Quickly Shows His Worth

When Milan signed Antonio Cassano his arrival was met with much scepticism. Given Cassano’s turbulent past that has seen him in trouble with managers, players and presidents alike, this scepticism was justifiable. The former Bari prodigy is an incredible talent but is also an equally volatile character.

It is early days, indeed, and Cassano has only made one appearance for the Rossoneri and it was as a substitute. Nonetheless, the former Sampdoria talisman proved to be a crucial figure in Milan’s win over Cagliari, as it was his through ball that set up the Rodney Strasser for the winner.

Cassano’s cameo display was impressive enough to suggest that he could become a success with the Rossoneri. Certainly, Milan have been in need of a player that can dictate the attack and create opportunities for Milan’s front strike pair. Cassano is just this type of player and in no more than fifteen minutes he proved this again.

It is significant that Cassano’s Milan career has got off on the right note. It will help him realise that this is his time to finally fulfil some of his amazing potential. His inability to have done so already, given that he is 28 years old, has meant that football has for a long time missed out on seeing his incredible genius.

If Cassano can control his temperament, and if Allegri can manage all the egos in his dressing room, the signing of FanAntonio may prove to be a masterstroke, especially given the fact that he was signed for free.

For now, however, Cassano still needs to regain some lost fitness due to his two month exile at former club Sampdoria. For this reason he still may start on the bench for Sunday’s clash with Udinese.

For Milan and their new signing, things could not have started better. With an in form Cassano playing alongside the likes of Pato, Robinho and Ibrahimovic, the Rossoneri undoubtedly possess the most dangerous strike force in the Serie A and one that will go a long way to enhancing their chances for title success.

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