When it comes to the Milan youth, few people actually get the chance to watch them play, whether it be in person or on television as they have become a rarity in the club’s first team. This is an issue that no doubt has caused chaos amongst the supporters of the 7-time Champions League winner.
Players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) and Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) are two of the biggest names that come to mind. Both were set free by the club despite a promising ceiling and since then have gone on to build a quality career in Europe.
Despite the recent objection in implementing a proper youth strategy, Milan still holds many premier talents that are capable of making a major impact in Serie A. We all know who Hachim Mastour is, but it’s the other youngsters who have so much more to offer than people think.
In the first of a series of posts covering the youth of Milan, we give you the breakdown on a promising young midfielder named Andrej Modic.
Andrej Modic, a 19-year old midfielder from Bosnia-Herzegovina, is regarded as one of the best talents in the system. On loan with Vicenza Calcio from the Primavera, this tall, stout midfielder at 1,79m tall, has size that should help him win a fair share of battles in the trenches of the midfield. He is best positioned as a traditional midfielder or a deep-lying playmaker, according to Football Talent Scout.
The U-19 Bosnian midfielder does possess nearly all of the qualities you (and Milan) could want in the midfield. He is a plus-passer, likes to control the tempo of the game, particularly in a deeper role and he has the pitch awareness to switch fields or make the simple through ball to a man making the run on goal. But unlike current Milan destroyer Nigel de Jong, Modic probably won’t be known for his ability to cut down the opposition in front of his supporting backline. However, given his skill set and ability to dictate play, Milan will probably enjoy him as more of a creative presence but he must be able to take on pressure if he is to be played in that role regularly especially with the sporadic play of the defense.
Obviously there are few people who have seen Modic play live aside from club scouts but many of his skills are apparent in this video:
Modic has played his fair share with the Primavera, having over 30 appearances in all competitions but he has steadily climbed up to the U-21 side for his country making four appearances which gives you an indication that progress is being made to his development.
Outlook on Andrej Modic
Andrej Modic has been one of the more talked about Primavera players over the past few years and with Alessandro Mastalli, has given Rossoneri supporters hope that maybe one day the club will be able to resolve the ongoing midfield issues through the implementation of internal assets.
Modic has received great praise for his overall ability. BHDragons.com, a football site that covers Bosnian talent, had this to say about the youngster:
Andrej Modic is a complete central midfielder who ideally operates as a playmaker in a three-man midfield…Andrej has remarkable ball control, vision, rare tactical intelligence, and is able to assert himself and control the midfield at will. He is also a current member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Under-19 team and hopefully the senior squad in the future.
There is little doubt about Modic and his future in football. He possesses the technical ability you look for in a starting midfielder and could mold into a quality player down the road, hopefully for Milan. The biggest question with Modic: “Does Milan give him the chance to prove himself?” That remains to be seen.
Andrej Modic, a Bosnian starlet with red and black roots. Will he get the chance few have gotten to make a name for himself with his parent club?