With Adriano Galliani stepping down as Vice-President after 27 years of stellar service, change is in the air.
Barbara Berlusconi, Paolo Maldini and possibly Demetrio Albertini and Clarence Seedorf will now have reigns to the ship.
AC Milan’s scouting system –or lack thereof - is said to be one of the issues the new guard are set to address. Milan’s history might provide a few pointers as to where they newly-developed scouting system should be directed towards.
With their history of Dutch players successfully plying their trade in the famous read and black shirt- most notably the famous Dutch Masters Gullit, Van Basten and Rijkaard, Milan have had some of their greatest successes with a Dutch influence.
From the Dutch masters who formed part of one of the greatest football teams of all
time, to Clarence Seedorf winning two Champions League titles as a Milan player, to the likes of Jaap Stam, Mark Van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson winning a league title at Milan, history shows the successful link between AC Milan and Dutch football.
Nigel de Jong recently commented how playing for Milan is an honour for Dutch footballers, all trying to emulate the success of the the famous Dutch masters. Milan and Dutch football go hand-in-hand and this is where an opportunity lies – on the field and commercially off the field too.
With the Eredivisie not being one of the financially lucrative leagues in Europe, top
players are often sold to bigger clubs abroad - in some cases, smaller clubs
who benefit from being part of a league with larger television revenues.
From well-coached Dutch players to well-scouted foreign players, the Eredivisie is
filled with stars of the future.
The stats do not lie, the Eredivisie is a well-oiled machine as a production line. Ajax has the much-famed youth academy, whilst Feyenoord hold the honour of being the
club that have produced star names like Robin van Persie.
Newcastle United’s mass-French recruitment drive, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian stable, Inter Milan’s Argentineans and Brazilians in Roberto Mancini’s last two seasons at Manchester City and Rafa Benitez’s Spanish core at Liverpool are a few of many examples of clubs specifying their scouting to a specific area.
With Milan going Dutch, they would be going to place that they’ve gone before, with great success. Times are changing at Milanelo, time will tell if its for the better.
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