Thursday September 27 2012
‘El Shaarawy still needs to grow’

Christian Abbiati has hailed the talents of teammate Stephan El Shaarawy, but insists the Milan youngster must still improve.

The 19-year-old has been one of the positives from the club’s problematic start to the season and his brace on Wednesday ensured a 2-0 win over Cagliari.

“El Shaarawy has talent,” the goalkeeper told Milan Channel. “He also has time on his side as he is still very young.

“He had a great game against Cagliari, but he still has a lot of improvements to make though as he has to grow.

“This is a point of departure for him and not a point of arrival…”

The Italian Under-21 international, given his first full cap in the August friendly defeat to England, has three goals in five Serie A games this term. He only got two League goals in 2011-12.