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Youth products will save Milan

Milan’s performance against Lazio saw the youth project in full swing

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Manuel Locatelli
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The Rossoneri's performance against Lazio on Tuesday showed just how deadly Milan will be in the future.

Starting from the back, Donnarumma (17) was impressive as always, parrying a shot here and there, but the most impressive performance came collectively from the Milan defense, a back line riddled with youth. At left back, De Sciglio (23) put in a solid performance shutting down Felipe Anderson on multiple occasions alongside fellow compatriot Romagnoli (21) at center back. Romagnoli himself put in an awe inspiring performance, giving Immobile massive trouble getting any space to get a quality shot away. Gabriel Paletta, the experienced veteran, provided the ruggedness to match Romagnoli's fine tuned technical ability, which proved too much to handle for Lazio's attackers. Calabria got the nod for the right back position for the match, and he looked ever so assured on that right flank. The 19 year old called up to the first team last term showed stability and snuffed out attacks that were directed to his side for he majority of the match, and this further displays his ability to show up in big games (like against Juventus in the Coppa Italia final last year). He's proving quite a challenge for Abate to hold down the right back role, even at the tender age of 19.

In the midfield, Locatelli (18) was subbed in for Suso and he showed his ability to stay calm on the ball and direct the flow of play, something Milan's been lacking from the skipper Montolivo. Locatelli showed great awareness on the ball and picked out passes cleanly at the heart of the midfield.

In the attack, M'Baye Niang (21) occupied the left wing slot and tortured Lazio right back Dusan Basta, and did the same when he was switched to the right wing. Although he did bury a penalty to put the red and blacks up 2-0, his finishing could use some fine-tuning, but regardless he'll make for an excellent attacker as he matures and learns. On the right side, Suso dominated with pace and creativity, showing his flair with a few dribbling moves and even nut-megging a defender here and there. The former Liverpool youngster has been making the most of his opportunities given by Montella, and has surely locked down the right wing spot over Keisuke Honda.

With the proper coaching and handling, Montella has all the tools he needs to build a terrifying team for opposing sides in the future. Hachim Mastour hasn't even had a chance to break into the side as he's been out on loan, but he's another youthful prospect that can develop into a world class player, provided he's developed correctly by his manager. Milan may not challenge for the Scudetto this year, but if they keep putting in performances and the youth project continues to develop as planned, there's no telling what the Rossoneri could do in the next year or two, with the distant future looking ever so enthralling for the Milanisti as well.