Imagine this: You're a teenager from an extremely wealthy family. One day, your father calls you to his work room and unexpectedly proposes the following scenario: "Son, I've thought long and hard about this, and have come to a decision about your first car, I will either purchase you a brand new Porsche 911, or lease a used Mitsubishi Eclipse." Mouth agape and puzzled at the bizarre variety of options thrown your way, you proceed to question -- but he stops you mid sentence and utters, "That is all, no questions asked. Go back to your room."
A week later, you arrive home from school in the bus, and see a yellow Mitsubishi Eclipse parked in your driveway. That is Maxi Lopez. Maxi Lopez is a Mitsubishi Eclipse. And a Mitsubishi Eclipse looks a bit out of place parked in the driveway of a multi million dollar mansion. Sure, it might look sleek from the outside, but inside, the smell of cloth runs rampant, and one of the cupholders is broken, and certainly being parked next to a Ferrari & a Range Rover doesn't help its overall image.. And Wanda Nara.. I'm getting off track, this literally makes no sense anymore... Anyway..
Allegri saying that the January Transfer Window deserved a 10/10 after the Maxi signing is just as incredulous as the entire Tevez saga (and I do think Tevez will sign for Milan, whether it's tomorrow or during the summer). All jokes aside, the Maxi from a year ago was quality, but the fact he has recently been benched in favor of the immortal Bergessio is bewildering, if not a worrisome fact.
January Transfer Market Reviewed:
Djamel Mesbah (LB, Lecce): Mesbah was a decent prospect at Lecce, and actually one of the few players who stood out to me when we played the southern Italian side. In the two games he has played so far with Milan (Coppa Italia vs. Lazio midweek, and this past weekend against Cagliari) Mesbah has shown to already be an improvement over the much maligned Antonini, and the clumsy, overrated Taiwo - who was sent packing to Queens Park Rangers. Mesbah is naturally a left footed player, and can swing them in with quality. Defensively, he hasn't shown any real lapses as of yet, and seems to have seamlessly integrated himself tactically on the left side, often times combining smoothly with the players around him. It's his position to take by the reins, as his competition includes the teams masseuse and a 36 year old.
The future left back of Milan?
Alex Merkel (CAM, Genoa) & Rodney Strasser (CDM, Lecce): Both were former Milan players who were sent packing on loan this previous fall to Genoa & Lecce. While both are now out injured, one has to figure that Merkel is part of Allegri's plans for the future, as the youngster has shown flashes of quality at Genoa, and could eventually play that vaunted trequartista role in Milan's 4-3-1-2 formation.
Maxi Lopez (ST, Catania): A bizarre signing, but he does make sense. First off, Milan paid peanuts to acquire him. He is tall, physical, and the only true target striker we could employ to give Ibrahimovic a much needed rest. When on form, he has proved that he can be successful in the Serie A, but his latest slump at Catania is a worrying sign, as he rode the bench in favor of a below average player like Bergessio.
sulley muntari (bidone): Doesn't even deserve name capitalization. This is one of the worst loan signings that reeks of Amantino Mancini version 2.0. I love Milan, but sometimes they throw us these unexpected turd curveballs that slam us right in the face. So, what positive can come of this? He has always been the player I've mocked the most at Inter, often times drawing two yellow cards in the span of a minute. Inter fans right now are JUBILANT that they handed us their worst piece in the midfield, and we actually took him? Are you kidding me. Why? Why didn't we grab Angelo Palombo? Oh, right, because Inter snapped him up. A quality Italian midfielder who is poised on the ball and is essentially a more technical Gattuso. I'm going to throw up.
We bid farewell to Taye Taiwo, who in his short stint with Milan, proved absolutely nothing. Sure, he could probably punt Giovinco forty meters across the pitch, but he seemed slow, awkward on the ball, and completely unaware of the concept of tracking back to defend. Perhaps England is a better spot for him to lunge his thick frame around.
At -1 from Juventus, one gets the feeling that the Serie A is turning into a two horse race, especially with Napoli & Inter losing over the weekend. The following month with have a myriad of entertaining games for Milanisti: Two Coppa Italia matches versus Juventus, and of course the Champions League fixture vs. Arsenal. It'll be interesting to see how Allegri juggles the new signings in all three competitions, especially with the current injuries plaguing the club. I get the notion that the most dramatic changes will happen over the summer, as I get the sense that Pato when healthy (his new name) could be on his way out, and if Milan doesn't close for Tevez in the last moments of the January deadline, then that deal could be postponed until the summer.
Note: this article will be updated as Galliani might surprise us all.
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