Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Staying put or returning to Milan?
The Gabonese striker from German giants Borussia Dortmund is once again in the middle of the wildest transfer rumours. Even several Chinese clubs were linked with the 28-year old, so there are tons of options. Two of them are highly likely, which is staying at Dortmund with new manager Peter Bosz, or moving to A.C Milan – as popular football expert thefootballfreak.com says. I will discuss both options down below.
Let’s start with his current club: Borussia. The Germans didn’t have a good campaign and were even victims of an attack on their bus. Their campaign wasn’t going well before that, and this event could’ve pushed them over the edge. All this commotion wasn’t affecting Aubameyang, who went on scoring forty goals in total. 31 of them were in the Bundesliga, crowning him as the top scorer of the league leaving Lewandowski (30) and Modeste (25) behind him.
But what does PEA bring to the table, outside of his goals? It all has to do with his speed. And he is not “just fast”, he is one of the fastest players in the world. Auba once covered 30 metres in 3.7 seconds. That’s faster than Usain Bolt ran at the start of his record-breaking 100 metres dash in 2009. Combine this with decent strength, a fantastic shot, a great first touch and good technique overall, and you got yourself a complete forward.
New manager Peter Bosz, who surprised the whole world of football by ending up as Europa League runner-up’s with Ajax, will be excited to use the Gabonese striker. The Dutch coach has dozens of players and formations to go with, but one thing is clear: he will play extremely attacking, lots of pressing and a high defensive line. Late legend Johan Cruijff always said that his striker is “the first defender”, so Auba will need to put energy in his defensive duties. More than he previously did in his career. Bosz will play exactly like he did with Ajax and this doesn’t differ much from the tactical genius Montella.
After years of terrible results and mediocre teams and coaches, AC Milan are back on track to conquer AS Roma, Napoli and, of course, Juventus. One of the biggest reasons is manager Vincenzo Montella, who is showcasing his flexibility with formations and approaches, but one thing doesn’t change at all: possession & control.It happens rarely that Montella is using two strikers at the same time, so Aubameyang will have to fight for his place with Andre Silva, who the club just bought this summer.
What is the better option? Staying with Dortmund and trying to de-throne Munich or will he do the Italian version of that and fight Juventus? In my book, both options won’t hurt him. He scores tons of goals in Germany with Dortmund and he undoubtedly will at Milan. Not taking finances in consideration, I would choose to stay with Dortmund. He is 28-years old and will have to battle for his place with a 21-year newcomer in Andre Silva at Milan. Meaning that the club would rather place their faith in the “future” instead of the older player who, in the upcoming years, will be worth less and less. Silva will only be more expensive by the season if he manages to succeed. Plus, the Italians aren’t playing European football and have a longer way to go in terms of returning to the top than Dortmund.
Auba did start his career at AC Milan, but I would be practical and remain a Dortmund-player. Regardless of his choice, both should do anything in their power to get his signature. A fast, strong, technical striker who scores tons of goals is rare. He would immediately be the best Milan-player. And Dortmund would need to pay tens of millions to find a good replacement. He can’t go wrong with his decision while either club will be significantly worse off without him.