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Is Klaas-Jan Huntelaar the Right Choice for AC Milan?

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 21: Klaas Jan Huntelaar of Real Madrid tries to get past  Vladimir Stojkovic of Getafe during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on April 21,  2009 in Madrid Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Richard MesquitaContributor IAugust 6, 2009

This 25-year-old striker has been called a "classic No. 9." To be honest with you, I am not all that familiar with him. So I made it a point today to get to know this young man.

In my research I have read a lot of good things about him. In one article that I read, former Dutch national team Coach Louis Van Gaal was quoted as saying, "In the penalty box he is the best player in the world bar none."  A statement that shows he has earned the respect of this coach.  

I also found out that with Ruud Van Nistelrooy's retirement he has become Dutch national team coach Lambertus "Bert" van Marwijk first choice striker.

In looking at his stats, I was pleasantly surprised. In 265 club appearances, he managed to score 179 times, an average of 0.675 goals per game.

After reading about him I wanted to take a look at his style of play. I went on to YouTube and searched for some videos featuring him, and what I saw also impressed me.

I saw a true opportunist in the box! A player who knows how to position himself, who is proficient at avoiding being caught off-sides. A player who knows how to score with both feet and head, and whose technique is impeccable.

He is young, he is fast, and he knows how to score goals. A combination that Milan desperately needs.

But here is the question that a lot of Milan fans are asking…Is he the right choice for Milan? Only time will tell. 

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