Saturday September 29 2012
Little Pharaoh takes charge

After exquisite performances against Udinese and Cagliari, Stephan El Shaarawy is beginning to take control of Milan’s attack. Dylan Fahy writes. 

Cagliari’s Daniele Dessena and Daniele Conti simply could not keep up. Gabriele Perico was turned inside out and Luca Rossettini could only fall to his knees. Milan starlet Stephan El Shaarawy had single-handedly slalomed past the entire right flank of the Sardinian side, a mere five minutes into Wednesday evening’s make-or-break clash at San Siro.

Unfortunately for the 19-year-old, the timid strike that followed was never going to trouble Michael Agazzi in between the posts for Massimo Ficcadenti’s men. It was a statement of intent that the forward did not let up on, however. In fact the Little Pharaoh went on to score a brace and secure the Rossoneri’s first victory at home this season. 

The Italian international opened the scoring 10 minutes after his aforementioned run, latching on to a through ball and calmly slotting past Agazzi to the delight of the Milanese faithful. It was also his finish that wrapped up proceedings late in the second half, as he once again remained composed from a similar distance to complete a 2-0 victory.

The man of the match performance followed up a spectacular strike against Udinese on Sunday, meaning El Shaarawy has now scored more goals in five games than he did in 28 appearances in Serie A last term. Hard-hitting departures from Via Turati over the summer, particularly in the attacking department, have left the youngster with no choice but to take control upfront.

Burly Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic can no longer be relied on to produce on every occasion, having moved to Paris Saint-Germain, and the loss of Antonio Cassano to city rivals Inter has also been hard to swallow. That is coupled with the experience of Pippo Inzaghi moving into a coaching capacity and yet another injury issue for Alexandre Pato.  

The Italian-Egyptian has previously been criticised for a severe lack of muscle and confidence in the final third, but instead he demonstrated a different side to his game.  While he successfully completed the most dribbles in midweek, he also returned to aid his teammates in defence and even saw off the imposing Victor Ibarbo and clinical Mauricio Pinilla at times. “I like El Shaarawy because he runs like a madman. It is that dedication that warrants the jersey,” stated Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani in the aftermath of the stuttering win.

Massimiliano Allegri could not have afforded a loss against his former club, and El Shaarawy must be credited for repaying the faith he put in him last year. The youngster has also remained loyal to the club’s dedicated supporters and insists they will turn the dire campaign around for them. “I have a great relationship with the Curva. I’m the type of player who sacrifices himself and I think that the fans like that.”

Having been recently capped by Cesare Prandelli, the former Padova man will be eager to return to the senior set-up. Comparisons with Samuel Eto’o and links to Manchester United may be premature, but the youngster has the chance to build a legacy at a club in serious need of a leader upfront. 

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Have your say...
fellow Milanistas, just ignore mustafa. he's not a true football fan. he always has his black and white blinders on. he'll go against anything that has to do with Milan. a true fan respects other teams and players. only an untrue fan would speak as he does. don't even give him the benefit of a reply. let him keep showing his lack of knowledge. he sounds like a 15 year old who just jumped on the Juve bandwagon because he wiki'd Serie A and saw Juve has the most titles.
on the 2nd October, 2012 at 1:01pm
I like how Galliani states "El Shaarawy is not for sale!" Like I can take his word when it comes to the selling of players. We will sell this player when he is at his prime.
on the 1st October, 2012 at 3:37pm

Finally, and for once, you had somebody on your side.

However, having him agreeing with you does not make your points valid.

Pathetic ! (as usual)
on the 30th September, 2012 at 4:34pm
@ Muuustafi

"Stay out of it Mr. Kindness"

Haha, your funny. Juvelover has a valid correct point. Something you havent had since you started posting on this page. Incredible! Forza Milan
on the 30th September, 2012 at 3:44pm

Stay out of it Mr. Kindness
on the 30th September, 2012 at 2:37pm
i seen only SES played well..robinho is a stupid,lazy he undeserved to wear milan jersey...the fact is that allegri could not handled milan..!!we need a new coach right now!!!
on the 30th September, 2012 at 9:01am
Mustafa. Stop hating on the kid. He should be treated as the future of the national team. You keep harassing milan pages yet you're a juve fan like myself. Real juventini respect upcoming talent for our national team and you keep embarrassing yourself continously on here. Forza Juve. Good work el shaarawy.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 1:46am

Still having trouble sticking to the topic I see. Fascinating! Yeah promising striker. Plays for the national at the age of 20. That's impressive to me.
on the 29th September, 2012 at 11:26pm

Yeah, that's English. It's a shame that you spent 7 years in the US and you still fail to neither understand nor be understood.

A promising striker? Let's see what he can do against Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli.

I appreciate your funny spirit.

Did you see what Juve did to Roma? That's coming to you ! And then you would see how many decent strikers Juve have.
on the 29th September, 2012 at 8:58pm
As a massive Roma fan, its like watching a horror show. Get rid of Zeman and take the crap with you. We are clueless, you could put dustbins in defence that would do a better job. No passion and no fight. We deserve better. Zeman and the players are a disgrace. Its the same old story every year, nothing changes. We deserve more. I am realistic but I expect a lot more. We are a joke. Hats off to Juve though they are some team. We ll be lucky to get Europa league spot, I can see no europe again.
on the 29th September, 2012 at 7:24pm
I really hope his tallent is better than that rediculous hair cut!!
on the 29th September, 2012 at 6:34pm
@ Muustafa

on the 29th September, 2012 at 5:10pm
Undoubtedly SES's future looks bright. I wish him best of luck. Forza Italy.
on the 29th September, 2012 at 5:03pm
@Muuustafa "My only hope, when I see your post, that I see you commenting on what I, or others, wrote to my, or their, correspondent response." Lol I believe that's English, not really sure tho. It's half time now, and yes he will score. What does me being a joke has to do with football. Still cant stick to the subject? At least we have a promising striker.
on the 29th September, 2012 at 5:00pm

My only hope, when I see your post, that I see you commenting on what I, or others, wrote to my, or their, correspondent response.

I did not say he's not talent, I said he's getting more than he deserves, yet!

What do I expect from somebody who said Marchisio is an average player and says El Shaarawy is talent?

You are a complete JOKE.

How about this bet, 50$ if he's a flop?
on the 29th September, 2012 at 4:02pm
He is the future for Milan strikers. He could be Ballon D'Or winner someday. This season Milan is rebuilding, just like weather Milan is in storm now before we can see sunny weather. Milanisti must remain calm and patient in 1 or 2 years again we'll be back on top.
on the 29th September, 2012 at 3:14pm
I'm glad to see SES being given a chance as with the other young players. Unlike Pato there's a chance he might stay fit. If this season is a write off hopefully these players will settle in and we can build the following season with some chocolate investment. It's a wonder whether players like Tassoti or Evani would have been given a chance these days and they were part of Milan's greatest team. New signings are not always the answer sometimes we have it within our own youth team.
on the 29th September, 2012 at 1:42pm
@ Muustafa

Haters be haters. 5 bucks says he scores against Parma. Here's a word for you, "Talent"
on the 29th September, 2012 at 12:13pm
I like this young Milan side, coz i see future are coming on our ways, we just need to give youngest like El Shaarawy and De sciglio forza Milan
on the 29th September, 2012 at 12:04pm
"exquisite" !?

I suggest you reconsider your vocabularies.

I would describe him in one word:

Exaggerated !
on the 29th September, 2012 at 10:35am
I am glad that SES is starting to prove me wrong. After his poor pre-season,(there was too much fear in his game, he played as if he had the handbrake on), and timid first few weeks of the campaign, he has really stepped things up of late. I hope that he can continue with his fine recent form, and continue to get better and better.
on the 29th September, 2012 at 10:28am
Yes, the young man has surely stepped up. His biggest motivation is that he is a Milan fan thus he plays for pride and identity. We need more Milanisti players like him, De Sciglio, Abate and Acerbi to give Milan back the elegance and class. I hope El Shaa keeps going like this.
on the 29th September, 2012 at 9:35am

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