The Bidone D'Oro translates into "The Golden Trash Bin", it is a mock award given every year in Italy to the player who is deemed to represent the complete opposite of the Ballon D'Or. Requisites for winning this prestigious trophy require a team to have spent an inordinate sum of money for a player who didn't live up to expectations. Last year, Ricardo Quaresma of Inter won the famed award. This year, it has to be none other than our very own Klaas-Jan Junkelaar.
Now I've seen many strikers come and go for Milan. Huntelaar has truly stood out in his own unique fashion. He was outplayed at the weekend by Chievo's Erjon Bogdani. He makes former Milan bust Ricardo Oliveira look like Van Basten in comparison. I'd be hard pressed to find such an inept attacker suiting up the Rossoneri colors. How many more chances does Huntelaar need to finally make an impact? The reason the misfiring Dutch has been subbed off in nearly every appearance is because he has simply been atrocious, and Milan desperately needed a spark from someone else.
Want to make the case that he was the scoring champion in the Dutch Eredivise? The same league that allowed Middlesbrough's Afonso Alves (a player who scored once in a blue moon in his short Premiership stint) to net seven goals in one game for his old side Heerenveen. I could make an argument that the Italian Serie B is comparable in every aspect to the Eredivise. So let's assume Huntelaar was Italian, and he was the capocannoniere in the Serie B for Brescia. Would Real Madrid offer millions for a Serie B bomber? No. I would actually prefer Torino's Rolando Bianchi over Huntelaar at this point. My harshness is the sign of a Milan faithful who has just grown impatient.
An attackers job is to score goals, and if he isn't scoring, then find another way to contribute. He needs to watch tape of Borriello who defends, wins every aerial battle, constantly presses, and creates space for others to score. This is why I was highly sceptical of the "Hunter" when he signed for Madrid (where he was unimpressive) and was disappointed when Milan bought into the Dutch farce instead of signing the highly rated Luis Fabiano, who scores a goal every other game in La Liga and has cemented his place as the starting striker for the Brazilian National team.
It's incredible how the game changes when Marco Borriello enters. All of the sudden, spaces open up in the attack for other players, the opposing defence is constantly mauled by his strength and crosses into the penalty box are finally won. I was really hoping Borriello would score (he hit the post) against Chievo. He's been one of the unluckiest players in recent years. If you'd like to see what the Italian striker is capable of when on form, look at this video which is a marvelous compilation of every one of his goals scored for Genoa. If he somehow stays healthy, and finds his scoring touch, we have found our starting striker for the next 5-6 years. If you'd like to see a video of Huntelaar showcasing his talent, here's a video of him nailing a Dutch biker with a foot ball.
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