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Carlos Bacca's Doing Things Only Shevchenko And Giardino Did In Milan's History

Carlos Bacca's beginnings for Milan have been quite impressive so far. His numbers are matched only by the legends that came before.

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Carlos Bacca's first weeks in Rossonero have been really positive, especially considering that he's new to the Serie A, and it looks like he could even do better than he's done so far.

Stats don't lie: Bacca has scored 6 times, which places him in a tripartite tie with Gervinho and Lorenzo Insigne for third-most goals scored thus far. Add an assist, and he's essentially participated in 46.7 percent of Milan's goals this season. The Colombian striker is also one of the most efficient players in front of goal: he's been scoring on 42.9 percent of his total shots, ranking 5th just behind Daniele Baselli, Oscar Hiljemark, Anthony Mounier and Gervinho, and on 66.7% of his shots on target so far, proving that he's one of the most accurate players in the Serie A.

These are good numbers for a player that has only played a dozen games in Italy, but  where do they rank in the grand scheme of things? The answer is: the pinnacle, at least when compared to Milan's other lethal strikers of days gone by. Only Andriy Shevchenko in 1999 and Alberto Gilardino in 2005 fared better; they scored 7 goals in their first 11 appearances in Rossonero. Looking at Bacca's performance in the same light as those of these two great strikers can only be encouraging for his future as a Milanista. He's on pace to score 21 goals this season, increasing his scoring average from the 0.472 goals/game he had in La Liga to 0.545, so it seems that Milan may have found the centerpiece for their current and future offensive line.