AC Milan legend Andriy Shevchenko believes that Krzysztof Piatek has proven himself to be a “real striker” following his scoring exploits this season.
The 23-year-old has been nothing short of sensational at Milan since completing a €35m move from Genoa in the January transfer window with seven goals in his opening eight games at the San Siro.
The Poland international is just one strike shy of matching Serie A top-scorers Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Quagliarella on 18 goals and will be expected to be a key figure in Milan’s bid to seal a top-four spot and a return to the Champions League.
Due to this, the Rossoneri faithful have grown hopeful that Piatek could be the man to finally take on Shevchenko’s mantle.
Although Shevchenko, who scored 175 goals in 322 appearances for Milan across two separate spells, downplayed such comparisons.
But the ex-Ukrainian striker confessed himself to be an admirer of Piatek’s “natural” talent.
“I followed [Piatek] at Genoa and he had scored many great goals there,” Shevchenko told DAZN. “That showed he is a true striker.
“When he got to AC Milan, he adapted immediately to the new club. He is scoring a lot but he’s making clear to everyone he’s a real striker, a natural talent.
“The goal he scored against Roma was truly great, he demonstrated clearly he’s got that poacher’s instinct, he’s aware of what is going on around him, how the play develops.
“Every forward is different, this is what makes football beautiful.
“This gift that he has, the way he reads the movements on the pitch, playing in a competitive league like Serie A, this will help him a lot in the future. He still has a lot of potential, he strikes the ball really well.
“I also love the way he turns, just after stopping the ball and he always looks for the goal, every time.”
Shevchenko won the Serie A and Champions League at Milan, while also lifting silverware at Chelsea and Dynamo Kiev.
The six-time Ukrainian Footballer of the Year retired from football in 2012 and has since entered politics back in his homeland along with coaching the national team.