Everyone is raving about this new and improved Milan side.
After years of suffering, the Rossoneri rose back to prominence after winning the Supercoppa against Juventus through penalties. A lot of credit for this uprising has gone to some of the younger players, who have found a new leash of life under Montella.
The coach has invigorated the Red and Blacks by bringing together a possession based philosophy and using young potential to achieve it. The likes of Donnarumma, Romagnoli, Locatelli, De Sciglio and Suso have become superstars overnight and are the torch bearers for a new era that has Milan competing at the highest level—the future is bright.
However, there is one man who has slipped under the radar, despite being the difference between pain and glory.
Giacomo Bonaventura is the most underrated player in Serie A today.
Take any dominating performance this season from the Rossoneri and watch carefully; you will see the Italian at the heart of it.
Despite being an attacking midfielder, Bonaventura has found himself excluded from the headlines on more than one occasion. The 27 year old is constantly looking for space as he glides past defenders, looking to put the ball in dangerous areas but is ignored by the mainstream media.
He is not flashy. He is not the best at anything. In fact, his role in the team has varied depending on where he is needed the most; Bonaventura is a floater. The Italian has played as a CM, CAM and winger depending on where he can possibly fill gaps in the XI.
While he has the intelligence to play deep, he has looked equally threatening in an advanced role. Bonaventura is not the fastest, or the most clinical player in the squad. He is neither the best dribbler, nor the best passer; if anything Bonaventura's skill set is deceptive in the sense that it is easy to dismiss what he brings to the team on an everyday basis.
His thundering equaliser against the old lady in the final seems to be the straw that breaks the camel's back and finally pushes him into the stratosphere of fame. Jack has finally been pushed onto the centre-stage and for good reason.
He is an enigma.
He is understated, and calm, and does his thing, before going back home.
He continues to change games single-handedly, influencing the entire team to perform better.
He is efficient with and without the ball, week-in week-out.
Giacomo Bonaventura is the man behind the uprising, and it is in our good fortune, that Montella realises this.