Shevchenko: Bacca essential to Milan renaissance

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko says Carlos Bacca can be the talisman that brings glory back to the fallen giants of Italian football.

Bacca looked set to leave Milan this summer with strong links to West Ham United surfacing in recent weeks but he pledged his future to the Rossoneri and struck an impressive hattrick in the season opening win over Torino.

Shevchenko feels the Colombian can become an integral part to Vincenzo Montella's side over the next few years, if his work-rate and ability to bring the rest of the team into the game improves this season.

"It's quite the advantage for a club to have a striker who can resolve matches for you," the Ukrainian told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"After a few off seasons there's still a lot to be rebuilt, and having someone in your squad who scores easily can be essential for a coach.

"But Bacca has to do more, read collective situations better, improve in his teamwork. This is the only way that he can enjoy another leap ahead in quality.

"Anyway, he's a striker I like a lot, and I appreciated him in the past season too. He's good at attacking spaces, strong in the box and he has an instinct for the goal. He's fast and strong.

"I don't know, maybe nowadays wearing the Milan shirt is less burdensome than in the past. It used to be that you joined a team full of champions who were playing for many titles, so maybe you could be a bit intimidated," the legendary striker added.

"Now that's no longer the case, although rebuilding and restarting is a tough business, for the strikers no less than for every other player."