Milan Skriniar, from a nobody to an immovable object
Milan Skriniar, 22 years old, is accustomed to proving his skeptics wrong. When Samp bought him a year and a half ago from Zilina, Milan was a “nobody” arriving to Genoa thanks to sporting director Osti betting on him and also the responsibility of scout Riccardo Pecini: 800 thousand euros for a player who is now worth 30 times more.
The merit is not only for those who discovered him but also of those who appreciated the player: Marco Giampaolo. It is with the coach that Skriniar’s career has now taken off. When Montella was still their coach, the Slovakian central defender only made 3 appearances: the debut against Lazio, the first start in Palermo and against Juve in which, he was sent off just after a few minutes. Giampaolo started working with Skriniar during the summer and soon he started to believe in the player’s potential. The coach then tested him in the Joan Gamper trophy against Barcelona, getting positive impressions.
And when it was time to launch him in Serie A - thanks to the injury of Pavlovic and Regini’s move to the wing - he did not think twice. In the beginning, Skriniar’s inexperience was shown: the penalty on Dzeko, the foul which led to Bacca’s goal and being “asleep” on Nestorovski. Those were big points and they were costly. However, Giampaolo continued to believe and in the end, he was right: insecure defender in the beginning has now become an immovable piece in the defense. Strong in the air thanks to his height standing tall at 187 cm but he is also good dealing with the ball on the ground thanks to his elegant feet. Great worker and a bit reserved.
Source: Gazzetta dello Sport