Hachim Mastour is currently the cream of the crop of Milan’s youth. Dubbed as the next Messi/Ronaldo/Zidane/Sneijder/Neymar/Big Thing, he is something special. At the tender age of 18 he effortlessly glides with the ball at his feet, scores goals, and beats neymar in juggling competitions:
But despite his unquestionable talent: he has never started for Milan in a regular season game. It seems a bit peculiar that Gianluigi Donnarumma, Milan’s 17-year-old goalkeeper, has already played a countless number of games for Milan- and made his debut at 16 (with little to no fanfare at first) - but Mastour, an extraordinarily hyped player, has never made an appearance in a regular season game.
Why not? Well, because Milan did not want him to. They figured that loaning out Master would enhance his career and turn him into even more of a valuable asset. Unfortunately, After being loaned out to Malaga for two years, the Moroccan played for only five minutes. Yes, just five minutes. If he had stayed at Milan, he would have undoubtedly made his debut and played more than five minutes for the first team. Milan fans can only hope that his loan to PEC Zwolle will further his career.
If anyone believes that Mastour still “needs time to develop” and are concerned about his “physical ability” they need to understand that Mastour is not the 14-year-old boy from AC Reggiana. He is 18 years old and is physically and mentally stronger.
Let’s not forget that AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini, a player that was also the result of Milan’s Primavera Academy, made his debut for Milan at 16 years of age.
It would be foolish to continue to loan out Mastour after this season and not expose him to Milan’s first team. Milan does not want such a promising talent to go to waste.