Will Bacca Send Milan Back To Europe?

After failed attempts to lure Geoffrey Kondogbia and Jackson Martinez to Milan, there was a strayed sense of disappointment among the fans. But with the Rossoneri having finally been able to secure the services of Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, there is an occasion to smile.

With only the official statement from Milan missing, the €30 million transfer is considered a done deal after Bacca himself admitted that an agreement had been reached.

“It needs to be confirmed, but what my person of confidence said is true: we've reached an agreement with Milan, which is the club with 100 percent of the possibility [of signing me],” he told Colombian media.

The deal comes six weeks after the 28-year-old lead Sevilla to their historical fourth Europa League triumph. It was his exploits in the final against Dnipro, which saw the Spaniards, run out 3-2 winners in Warsaw.

Bacca scored on either side of half-time to instill a handsome amount of joy among Los Rojiblancos fans, as he raised his hands and pointed his fingers towards the sky in celebration. It wasn’t too long ago, that a Brazilian uncharacteristically refused to do the same celebration against Sevilla in the 2007 European Super Cup, instead pointing to Antonio Puerta's name written across his lower back.

“I want to dedicate this to God and my family in Colombia. This is something unique. I want to enjoy it. I was pleased to help the side with two goals,” he told UEFA.com.

It almost seems surreal that Bacca could once be found leaving the training fields of Barranquilla FC, and heading straight to a bus depot where he would act a bus driver’s assistant.

“At 20 I was living in my village, Puerto Colombia, working as a bus driver’s assistant. Life was far from easy. Next I had to work as a ticket collector on the buses because I come from a poor family and had to earn money to help them out,” Bacca was quoted as saying.

“The doors of football had been closed to me for some time and at my age, it wasn’t something I could count on anymore. But that year I trialled for Junior de Barranquilla and, thank God, they took me.”

Eight years later, his success has afforded him the opportunity to bless his family with luxuries, while his arrival at Milan will hopefully see the Diavoli handed the luxury of playing in Europe once again. 

Bacca enjoyed a good run in front of goal last season... Finding the back of the net on 20 occasions in the League and supplying six assists to his colleagues, the Rossoneri have certainly secured the services of a hot commodity.

His fast pace creative play, along with his ability to move around the final third fluidly, will certainly add further depth to a Milan attack which will feature the likes of Stephan El Shaarawy, Jeremy Menez and Keisuke Honda.

According to WhoScored, Bacca has an overall rating of 7, while he averages just short of two shots per game. Despite having notched up an impressive amount of assists, Bacca’s only real flaw comes in his passing game.

With a passing accuracy of just 67.5%, there is room for improvement, but he does tend to manage an average of 0.8 key passes in the match – only six other Sevilla players bettered that this past season.

With Menez and El Shaarawy more equipped to place the perfect ball and feed it around the box with more accuracy, goals are expected to come more easily for the Rossoneri next term.

Why he chose to play for Milan ahead of a team like Sevilla and Liverpool, who have UEFA Champions League football and Europa League football next season respectively, is still unknown… But the fact that he opted to help revive the sleeping giants brings fresh air to a stuffy Milanello and a sense of hope to the club.

Back in the day, when Ricky Kaka used to light up the San Siro with his goals, Milan fans became well-accustomed to his raised hand, finger-pointing celebration to the sky so much so, it almost became a symbol of success.

Since then, there is yet to be another South American player who has given Milan as much joy in his creative play as Ricky did for the club. And while Bacca’s sole similarity to the Brazilian may be his style of celebration for now, many are hoping the Colombian will help Milan feel the same joy and success Kaka gave the 2007 Champions League winners when he pulled on the red and black shirt.

It seems success has favoured Bacca in recent times, leaving the future looking a little bit brighter at Casa Milan


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