After joining Milan for 30 million euros last summer, Carlos Bacca has accumulated an excellent goal scoring record for Milan. In all competitions, the Colombian has banked 25 goals in 48 appearances. Bacca's swift movement and cunning runs coupled with his sublime poaching instincts allow him to be the best Milan signing of the last few years.
It seems, however, Montella doesn't entirely agree.
Back in September, Bacca was left on the bench against Sampdoria. Thus may be because Montella believes that Carlos Bacca is not the kind of striker who can adapt to his style. The former Sevilla star is a classic centre-forward who doesn’t help his teammates to defend and build attacking actions but is a more static forward who mainly waits for his teammates to provide the assists for his goals. Bacca responded to Montella with a clinical goal in the 85th minute to fire Milan past Sampdoria and with two more goals in the next three games to further reiterate his importance to the team.
As of today, however, the 31 one-year-old is currently going through a goal drought. He has gone more than three games without finding the back of the net, with his last coming in the 4-3 win over Sassuolo on Oct. 2.
To add to the problem, his gratuitous reaction to Vincenzo Montella's substituting him in the win over Pescara last weekend agitated fans and Montella alike, forcing the Milan coach to dismiss talk of a rift between the pair publicly.
Even though Bacca really should not be subbed out because of his undeniable superiority to Adriano and Lapadula, he should have saved his objections for a one-on-one chat with Montella. Or maybe, according to some reports, he may have had enough and will leave Milan in the January Transfer Window.
Because Bacca's agent likes to whip up a frenzy about Bacca's current situation, reports have linked the striker with PSG claiming that he could reunite with Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery. Valencia and also West Ham, who made a 25 million euro offer for Bacca during the summer transfer window, have also been linked to the Columbian.
Bacca’s subpar performance against Palermo does not help the situation.
Only time can tell if the situation between Montella and Bacca will escalate and whether Milan will lose a key player to help grasp the long sought after champions league position.