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Mario Balotelli and El Shaarawy could be two phenomenal strikers for years to come in Italy, and on the world stage, however, the two may not be able to coexist. The likes of Massimiliano Allegri, and Cesare Prandelli, have both tried to make it work with the two of them on the pitch, and they have struggled. Reports out of Italy are suggesting that Clarence Seedorf will not remain on as coach of Milan next season, and if he is replaced, the man taking over the helm will have a serious decision to make. Which player would he rather have, and who is Milan better off building a team around.
Milan Have Some Decisions to Make
05/26/2014
 
Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy training for Milan's match against Chelsea at Metlife Stadium, in the International Champions Cup last summer.

When Mario Balotelli was brought in to Milan from Manchester City for €20 million last January, he was thought to be the answer to all the club's problems. The team had been struggling in the first half of the season, and the prodigal son was believed to be the man who could return the Rossoneri to glory. Stephan El Shaarawy had lit it up in the first half, and the rationale was that Balotelli would make the perfect striking partner. The two wouldn't only be the future in attack for Milan, but also for the Azzurri. However, a year and a half later, Milan is learning that you could plan a perfect picnic, but you can't predict the weather.


Mario Balotelli arrived at Milan with open arms from the organization and the fans. Balotelli was a hometown boy who had always supported Milan, and even when he was an Inter player, he never hid his affection for Milan. Andrea Pirlo even mentioned in his book, that Balotelli had always told his fellow national team members, that he would one day play for Milan.


Super Mario made an immediate impact on Milan, as he helped them climb up the standings and clinch a Champions League berth on the last day of the season, and he finished with 12 goals from 12 starts. People had been suggesting that he would run away with the Capocannoniere this season, but he finished with a disappointing 14 goals on the season, and even worse, only 2 in the Champions League. However, as bad as Balotelli's season was, El Shaarawy's was even worse.


Since the brilliant start to the season El Shaarawy had last year, he has had several major injuries, very few goals, and only featured in seven matches this season. He was thought of as a lock to go to Brazil in February 2013 when he signed a contract extension with Milan, but over a year later, his name isn't even mentioned, and players like Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, and Mattia Destro, have surpassed El Shaarawy on the depth chart. Even when El Shaarawy is healthy enough to play, Balotelli's arrival at Milan forced El Shaarawy to play in several less preferred positions, and as a result, his productiveness has taken a major blow.


Mario Balotelli and El Shaarawy could be two phenomenal strikers for years to come in Italy, and on the world stage, however, the two may not be able to coexist. The likes of Massimiliano Allegri, and Cesare Prandelli, have both tried to make it work with the two of them on the pitch, and they have struggled. Reports out of Italy are suggesting that Clarence Seedorf will not remain on as coach of Milan next season, and if he is replaced, the man taking over the helm will have a serious decision to make. Which player would he rather have, and who is Milan better off building a team around. 

 
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