Leonardo Defends Use Of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
AC Milan’s star striker has yet to impress and Leonardo has explained why.
Leonardo has dismissed criticism over his cautious use ofKlaas-Jan Huntelaar since the striker joined AC Milan in the summer from Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old has yet to score for the Rossoneri and started on the bench twice and been substituted in the team’s other game, after he missed the season opener through suspension.
Milan have yet to score in Serie A while Huntelaar has been involved and he was withdrawn during their Champions League victory against Marseille in midweek.
That switching and changing has led to accusations that Leonardo is not letting him settle, but the coach is adamant that he thinks the Dutchman is adapting.
“In the first round he was suspended, then on international duty, so he basically has never been here,” Leonardo told the Italian media.
“A player needs to become part of the system, but he has only been training with us for a week and still needs to learn Italian.”