In a bid to bolster our attacking options next season, Milan have been paired with an interest in AZ Alkmaar starlet Myron Boadu after his stellar campaign this year.
As noted by the club’s official site, Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoined us in January on an initial deal until the end of the season, with an option to extend for another 12 months.
Beyond the Swede and Rafael Leao, Milan lack quality depth and competition in the role up front and so even if the 38-year-old were to stay on, it could be argued that we still need to strengthen our options in that department to have enough firepower next season.
While we bucked the trend in January to add more experience and established talent, the modus operandi of Milan’s transfer market strategy under Elliott has largely been based on identifying young talent with significant room for growth both in terms of talent and value.
As noted by MilanNews, via the paper edition of Tuttosport, it’s suggested that Boadu has emerged as a top target, while it’s added that given his impressive impact this season, it has seen his price-tag jump to €20m as the Dutch outfit will look to make a handsome profit on their youth product.
Who is Myron Boadu?
After coming through the youth ranks at AZ, he made his breakthrough at senior level in the 2017/18 campaign. Gradually he played a bigger part in the following season, but it’s this year where he has started to really make his mark.
The 19-year-old has bagged 20 goals and 13 assists in 39 appearances across all competitions, and it’s always good to see a striker have more to his game than just goals as he clearly possesses creative qualities and an ability to play that decisive final ball to add a vital string to his bow.
It shows awareness, sound decision-making and an intelligence in a player that he can consistently pick out the right pass in the final third.
As seen in the highlights below, Boadu has a lot of great attributes from his pace, movement, eye for a pass and clinical finishing, and all this in a player still so young with plenty of room for improvement.
Capable of scoring with either foot and with the ability to be a threat in the air too at 1.83m, he has also shown versatility to play out on the left. Nevertheless, it’s up front where he’s most likely to be used by Milan if he arrives given Ante Rebic and Leao can play out wide, and that is where he’s done his damage.
As expected of any young player coming through the levels in the Netherlands, he’s got great technical quality which combined with his speed has made him a real threat. Admittedly and no disrespect to the Dutch top tier, it’s a big step up from the Eredivisie to Serie A, and so there’s no guarantee he’ll hit the ground running if he were to seal a move to Milan this summer.
That said, while the likes of Krzysztof Piatek and other out-and-out goalscorers that we’ve had in recent years have seen their limitations haunt them in that they can’t offer much more beyond goals and when those dry up they become a problem, Boadu has the makings of an all-round game which we seemingly need in our centre forward to be successful.
Capped from U15 to U21 level for the Netherlands and with a goal in his only cap for the senior side, Boadu is showing signs that he’s got a big future ahead of him.
It just so happens that Mino Raiola is his agent, and as noted by MilanNews in the report above, perhaps his future will come up in conversation when Milan meet him to negotiate renewals for Ibrahimovic and Gianluigi Donnarumma in the coming months.