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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Stuttgart swoop, AC Milan changes up front

AC Milan are making changes up front. Hernan Crespo is headed from AC Milan back to Chelsea and now Milan have let striker in Jon Dahl Tomasson leave. Parma's Italian international Alberto Gilardino has moved to AC Milan as has Christian Vieri from Inter Milan to partner Andrei Shevchenko up front.

Danish international Tomasson has joined VfB Stuttgart on a four year deal based on a free transfer.

Kevin Kuranyi left Stuttgart for Schalke 04, so Tomasson, a much better striker in my opinion, will finally get the regular first team football he deserves.

New Stuttgart coach Giovanni Trapattoni has shown a decent eye in the transfer market. I guess I’ve underestimated him as a coach. I thought his performance at Benfica last season was remarkable. I even considered adding defensive midfielder Fernando Meira to my list of players I thought Arsenal should buy but I know Stuttgart are not going to sell him.

For Milan though, I wonder why Christian Vieri over Tomasson. I’ve never liked Vieri much. He’s a decent passer/shooter but a bit of a one trick pony in front of goal. It’s either space to shoot or he passes and thus creates very little for himself.

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Anonymous juvefan said...

Vieri's free and his wages would at least be partially covered by Tomasson's departure. Perhaps Ancelotti wanted a striker with a bit more physical prescence instead of Tomasson.

In any case Milan have made stars out of Inter rejects (Pirlo, Seedorf). It just might turn out to be another Cannavaro-gate. Heh.

7/17/2005 4:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been a long time since Vieri's been anywhere near his best "bull in a chinashop" with Juve. Pairing with Schevchenko may help him though. Just set his stall in the 18-yard box and let Sheva do the running.

7/18/2005 8:27 PM  

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