Stephan El Shaarawy has been given a great opportunity to prove he belongs in the first team at AC Milan early this season, and he has taken advantage of it.
Milan lost that match 2-1.
With Robinho and Alexandre Pato injured, it has been easy for El Shaarawy to find time up top. Now that Massimiliano Allegri seems willing to switch to a 4-3-3 formation on a permanent basis, El Shaarawy should be a regular in the starting lineup, as he has been tearing up the left side of the pitch.
El Shaarawy has failed to disappoint since his arrival in 2011 following a loan spell at Padova. It was hard for him to find chances last season playing behind Pato, Robinho, Antonio Cassano and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he impressed when given the opportunity, scoring against both Udinese and Juventus.
He is now pegged as a regular in the squad and is still only 19.
As many predicted before the season began, there is no question this is the year we see the emergence of a player we will one day call one of the best.
It should be expected that El Shaarawy will remain in the lineup even when Robinho and Pato are completely healthy. He has been Milan's best player in the past two matches and has been nearly flawless in front of goal. His three goals in two matches have all been class.
It is incredible to think that this young man is only 19 years old.