Gennaro Gattuso has compared Milan new boy Krzysztof Piatek to Danish legend Jon Dahl Tomasson.
Piatek who recently joined Milan from Genoa played in the barren draw against Napoli and his manager has seen enough to liken him to former teammate Tomasson.
Tomasson was not a regular starter at Milan but scored 35 goals in three seasons, winning a Champions League and earning praise for his battling qualities.
“We have to pick up from where we left off in the first 50 minutes, showing the same character,” Gattuso told Milan TV and Cited on Football Italia ahead of his side’s Coppa Italia quarter-final against Napoli on Tuesday.
“We stopped dribbling in the last 30 minutes and were stretched, so all of Napoli’s qualities came out.
“We must have the desire to play and show our faces, dribbling well. We need experience. We’re a young team and we need games like these.
“For us to get back to being competitive, we need consistency in our performances, game and mentality.
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“We’ve shown it at times, but we still have too many ups and downs. Piatek reminds me of Tomasson. He had some very specific characteristics.
“Jon never spared himself in training and gave us a huge hand, also when he played from the start.
“Piatek has just joined, but I like him already. He’s a curious lad who looks at photos at Milanello: he likes to observe, talk and experience the structure here first hand.
“It’s something beautiful. Will he start tomorrow? Him or Cutrone will play. Caldara and Biglia yesterday did some light work with us yesterday.
“They’re working to improve their physical level and I think they’ll be available in a week.
“We’re very happy with them, they have great desire to return and have shown it through the commitment they’ve been putting in.”