According to reports, Huddersfield Town are plotting an audacious swoop for AC Milan striker Andre Silva.
The Portuguese international, who joined Milan from FC Porto last summer for £33m, failed to live up to the billing, managing only 8 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions, with just two of those coming in the Serie A.
Failing to adapt to the demands of Italian football has halted Silva’s progress, however, Huddersfield are reportedly looking to bring him on loan, as manager David Wagner looks to bolster his attacking options after narrowly avoiding the drop last season.
Huddersfield Town splashed the cash to sign Steve Mounie from Montpellier last summer. The Benin international, who joined the Terriers on the back of a prolific season in Ligue 1, failed to hit the same heights in the Premier League.
However, Mounie ended up becoming the Terriers’ top-scorer with 7 league goals, with the club managing to find the back of the net just 28 times in the Premier League.
It is difficult for any player to come in from a new league, adapt, and perform in the Premier League immediately. After joining the most demanding league from Ligue 1, Mounie has performed decently in his first season with Huddersfield. But he should look to improve on his overall performances in the upcoming season.
Nevertheless, Wagner’s team lack the attacking flair for a Premier League side, with Laurent Depoitre also blowing hot and cold in his first season in England. Huddersfield somehow avoided the drop but the situation could worsen next season if they don’t get a clinical goalscorer.
Milan’s Andre Silva would fit the bill perfectly at Huddersfield. The Portuguese would benefit from playing in Wagner’s high-octane style of play, thus improving the club’s attacking ranks.
Silva’s prolific season at Porto caught the attention of Milan, who snapped him up, but the striker failed to impress at the San Siro. However, there is no denying the striker’s talents as he would be looking to revive his career with a move away from the Italian giants.
Versatile and clinical, Silva has the ability to perform anywhere across the frontline. The talented Portuguese is a good finisher, with good positional awareness and ability to link up well with his teammates.
He is physically robust, thrives under pressure, and can adapt to any situation. His strengths are his ability to score with either foot, while his reading of the game, coupled with aerial prowess makes him a complete striker.
Consistency is a major chink in his armour as he has the tendency to go missing for several games. However, Silva is just 22 and with time, he should be able to improve his overall game.
Currently, the Portuguese is in need of a change in scenes in order to revitalise his career. Therefore, leaving Milan to join Huddersfield could be a good move for him. Silva’s addition would bolster Huddersfield’s attacking options.
Should Wagner manage to lure Silva to the John Smith’s stadium, it would be considered as a major coup.