After Filippo Inzaghi was appointed as Milan’s head coach for the current season, he quickly moved in to secure players who could fulfill is vision of an attacking styled Milan. He flew to Ibiza and met with former Roma forward Jeremy Menez and convinced him to return to Serie A and join Milan. Inzaghi was in talks with Menez even before being appointed as Milan’s head coach, this shows how important Menez is to Inzaghi’s project. The Frenchman can offer a lot in attack for the Rossoneri.
Jeremy is a talented player who on his day can dribble past any defender in the world and beat the goalkeeper but his problem at Roma was his inconsistency. He always showed flashes of the talent he possessed on games, he was the single hero for Roma and on others he faded away. At Paris Saint-Germain things weren’t different. He was given little playing time in the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi. A change was a necessity and he needed a big club that can give him enough minutes on the pitch to finally prove himself. Milan called and Menez answered.
Menez joins the club on a free transfer which puts no pressure on him to justify any price tag, so Menez was able to play freely in the first two games of the season scoring two penalties and a wonder goal. He has definitely matured when we compare his performance now with his performance with Roma and he doesn’t seem to be lazy on the pitch anymore. In addition, he can easily fit in a 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 or even a 4-3-2-1. Although his preferred position is on the wing, he can play on either of the two wings and even up front or behind the striker. A player as dynamic as Menez can give Inzaghi a variety of choices.
Milan may not be ready to win the league this season, but with signings like Menez they are returning to be competitive and their playing style is attractive. In the absence of Champions League football, the Rossoneri can focus on building a strong base for the team that can break into the top three. With M’baye Niang, Stephan El Shaarawy, Giacomo Bonaventura, Fernando Torres and Keisuke Honda, Menez can rest assured that the frontline won’t be seeing drastic changes in the coming transfer periods and it will only be good for the players to adapt more to each other.
Despite the wonderful display up front, Milan’s defense is still a major problem, Diego Lopez’s arrival from Real Madrid may patch a few tears in the back but the presence of Bonera, especially at the age of 32, will cost Milan heavily this season. Milan are prone to individual mistakes at the back that may put their season on the wrong track, it is important that Inzaghi recruits a younger and strong defender for his back-line in January because the money spent in that position will be worth it.
Below is Menez’s amazing goal against Parma