Why Milan have shown real faith in promising youngster aiming to be next breakout talent

Lorenzo Colombo AC Milan

After making his senior debut earlier this month, Lorenzo Colombo has enjoyed another pivotal moment in his young career after penning a new contract with Milan.

As seen in the club’s tweet below, the 18-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal that keeps him with the Rossoneri until 2024, suggesting that the management believe that they have a talented player on their hands.

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With 14 goals in 25 games for the U17s side followed by nine goals in 15 outings for the Primavera, the youngster has undoubtedly shown a real eye for goal and quality in the final third with his superb left-foot producing many memorable finishes already.

Coupled with his impressive physique for such a young player, he has the attributes and raw talent to possibly make a big impact at senior level as it remains to be seen if Stefano Pioli gives him further opportunities to impress between now and the end of the season.

As seen in the video below, he has come through some difficult moments already due to injury while he has named the likes of Gabriel Batistuta, Edinson Cavani, Fernando Torres and Robert Lewandowski as examples from whom he tries to learn from and improve as a player to suggest that he’s got a wise head on those broad shoulders too.

With that physicality, presence up front and goal threat, there is certainly a lot to like about Colombo’s game, but ultimately time will tell whether or not he takes that final step and cements his place as a key figure in the senior squad.

Too many times we’ve seen the club’s youth products make a breakthrough but then eventually fail to see it through, with the likes of Bryan Cristante, Manuel Locatelli and Patrick Cutrone some of the more recent examples.

It appears as though we may well have a fresh crop of talented youngsters coming through again with Matteo Gabbia, Marco Brescianini, Tommaso Pobega, Alessandro Plizzari and Daniel Maldini all potentially knocking on the door in the coming years, and it looks as though Colombo is set to get the chance to put himself in the mix too.

The cynical side of me looks at the new contract and thinks it’s perhaps more of a safeguard move to secure his future and perhaps get a decent fee for him if he proves he’s a genuine talent next season as selling youth products undoubtedly offers an important cash boost when considering the financial position of the club.

That said, the priority should always be to help these youngsters make the grade at Milan, and along with Gabbia who is already establishing himself in the senior side, it’s hoped that Colombo is able to follow suit in the remaining games of the campaign to cap off what is turning out to be quite a year for him so far.