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AC Milan's young trio set to dominate Serie A

Niang and Balotelli both look like fine prospects (©GettyImages)
Niang and Balotelli both look like fine prospects (©GettyImages).

The signing of Mario Balotelli in this year’s January transfer window represented much more than the return of an old fan of AC Milan. 

It represented the completion of what is a conglomerate of the three hottest talents in Serie A at this time, all playing as one beautiful combination of devastating pace, panache, flair and power.

They all started together for the first time against Udinese and clearly worked as Balotelli grabbed a brace, and they all showed an incredibly good understanding for a strike trio that could have only played together for a solitary week. 

This game showed a glimpse of a potentially terrifying attack that could potentially be playing together for the next decade. Their combined age is only 60, but they showed experience that belittled their supposedly tender years and this will be a sign of great encouragement to Allegri and a little bit of repayment already on Milan's £19 million investment.

Tactically they were perfect. The dropping deep of Balotelli dragged defenders out of position as they went with him, which opened up huge tracts of space behind him for the lightning-quick M’Baye Niang and El Shaarawy to exploit. 

They also showed incredible flexibility in switching positions between them, and this naturally caused a major problem for the Udinese defenders and will doubtless cause many more to many other defenders.

For those who do not know much about M’Baye Niang, he is a current France Under-21 international and was signed for a mere £3 million from Caen this summer. His huge potential was clearly realised by the AC Milan board and they looked to have picked up a bargain.

His value will have at least doubled since they purchased him. He scarcely played before the turn of the year, but since then, he has featured heavily.

Surely they already form the best attacking trident in Italy; although Francesco Totti, Erik Lamela and Pablo Osvaldo of AS Roma may disagree. Lamela aside, the Roma trio lack youth; especially Totti who recently celebrated his 36th birthday.  


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