The last time Stephan El Shaarawy was playing to the height of his ability was in late 2012. Ever since then, he has had a nightmarish run with Milan, plagued by injuries and inconsistent playing time.
He hasn't been able to find the back of the net once since scoring 16 goals last season as a teenager. Then again, Il Faraone has only played one game as a starter in the entire 2013-14 campaign.
However, hope is on the horizon.
Clarence Seedorf replaced Massimiliano Allegri in January and called for a more offensive approach, a tactical scheme that requires a player just like Stephan El Shaarawy to truly succeed.
Unfortunately, El Shaarawy will be out for another few months after undergoing foot surgery during the Christmas break.
Here are five reasons why the young Italian striker will find new life under Clarence Seedorf.