Under ideal circumstances, Alexandre Pato would rightfully be of mention but I fear his career to be in jeopardy, or at least this current campaign to be lost for the Brazilian. There is a growing fear that Pato may (as ridiculous as this may sound) be too explosive. So explosive in fact that his incredible burst may lead to continuous problems going forward.
This is something the player will likely be wary of for the entirety of the season. Thinking that you may yet again suffer another muscular ailment with any quick movement paired with a single goal to your name in 11 league appearances is enough to shake any good striker’s confidence.
With that explained, it would be wise to look in another direction for this year at the very least.
Looking back to Stephan El-Shaarawy’s Padova highlight reel from just last year, his game was plain to see. A combination of speed, great vision, finishing touch, and some serious dribbling flair that most probably spends more money on hair gel than food.
But setting Serie B alight does not exactly guarantee anything on the next level even at 19, and so far it has not even earned him much time on the pitch.
What started as a few late cameo appearances has turned into necessity to start the young player, but Massimiliano Allegri’s reluctance has looked more like stupidity.
Robinho has all the dribbling talent in the world, but he has not shown the ability or the knack to consistently create over the years. At times the Brazilian looks absolutely brilliant, at others incredibly wasteful. For whatever reason, he is lacking a consistent level of confidence in his abilities.
Without the explosion of Alexandre Pato or the invariably missed ability to create of Antonio Cassano, another player with the ability to facilitate play outside of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is duly required.
In times where players capable of manufacturing their own opportunities are unavailable, a playmaker such as El-Shaarawy becomes all the more important.
Do I believe he is ready to maintain a starting role? No, but I do believe he should be recognized and used as a valuable catalyst to turn the tide when the situation begs for a bit of added ingenuity.
In any other situation, I would prefer him to develop on loan rather than thrust him into the starting lineup, but injuries and the wear of the season have called for a larger role.