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Kevin-Prince Boateng is physically gifted, he has a cannon of a shot and he did his marking duties for then-Ghana manager Milovan Rajevac.
Boateng's performances as a box-to-box midfielder at the 2010 FIFA World Cup prompted AC Milan to sign him.
I hope you know he's being played out of position as a trequartista or as a wide forward.
Kevin-Prince's phenomenal goal against Barcelona, the super-sub hat-trick vs. Lecce, the cracking volley vs. Arsenal and countless individual moments last season can be summed up in two words—Totò Schillaci.
KPB as a trequartista that can't create is a gimmicky role which has been exposed this season.
Without Zlatan Ibrahimović to divert attention away from Boateng, AC Milan's new No. 10 has struggled to shoot cleanly—he's failed to convert 97.8 percent of his chances this season (via Squawka).
It's symbolic that as soon as he switched from No. 27 to No. 10, he's no longer the footballer that thought he could emulate Clarence Seedorf's achievements.
There's also the matter of Boateng's significant other, Melissa Satta—the former WAG of Christian Vieri, John Carew, Matteo Ferrari and others.
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi once vented about the control Andriy Shevchenko's wife had over the prolific-scoring forward (via Robin Hackett at ESPN FC): "When Shevchenko's wife shouts, he runs under the bed like a lap-dog."
Forget about the hypocrisy of Mr. Bunga Bunga. In this case, his quote does raise a relevant point.
Is Satta a distraction for Kevin-Prince?
She actually voiced her opposition to that school of thought (via MTNFootball.com):
I saw and I read the Gazzetta dello Sport's report on Boateng's form but it is not my fault. I'm not the problem for Boateng. I am a normal girlfriend and he will regain his form soon. I have always supported him and AC Milan.
Yet, she has also said in the past (via Thom Gibbs at The Telegraph): "I'm afraid that's the reason for the strain. The reason why he [KPB] is always injured is because we have sex seven to 10 times a week."
Boateng has an attention-seeking WAG, his form is dire, he is being played out of position, he can't shoot to save his life, he isn't a creator and he's under pressure to live up to expectations that come with wearing the No. 10 shirt.
No wonder he has underperformed.