Luiz Adriano faces fraught future at AC Milan

With the impending recovery of injured teammates Mario Balotelli and Jeremy Menez up front, the Brazilian may spend more time on the bench, or make an early exit with transfer offers arriving from Russia

Luiz Adriano AC Milan

The future of AC Milan striker Luiz Adriano looks uncertain, as the player will soon have to ward off more competition for a chance of playing time in Serie A under Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Since his highly anticipated summer arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk for €8 million, the 28-year-old has endured a stunted season with his new club and played second fiddle to fellow south American striker Carlos Bacca.

With eight of his 16 Serie A appearances coming off the bench, the player has only been able to muster three goals and two assists in league action.

AC Milan v US Sassuolo Calcio - Serie A

A return from injury for M’Baye Niang in November proved to be detrimental to the Brazilian’s chances in making Mihalovic’s Serie A lineup, as he was instead saved for a second Coppa Italia start against Crotone and went on to score his second goal in as many games in the competition after his first against Perugia in August.

Despite the Brazilian spending more time on the bench behind Carlos Bacca in the pecking order, statistics show that Milan are not much better off in goals scored per minute by the Colombian.

Luiz Adriano has averaged a goal every 193 minutes of play, which isn’t far off Bacca’s average goal scored per 169 minutes.

Still, the future looks difficult for the Brazilian, with last season’s top goalscorer Jeremy Menez along with Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s all to return soon, making Milan’s attack extra crowded in 2016.

Positive memories from eastern Europe could help the striker make an unexpected exit from Milan in January, as the club have already turned down interest from Krasnodar, but may consider a generous offer from CSKA Moscow should Seydou Doumbia depart to play in China.

 Adapted from an article by Alessandra Gozzini in La Gazzetta dello Sport

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