It appears that AC Milan have found their replacement for former No. 10 Kevin Prince-Boateng. The player that will be wearing the same number is Japanese international Keisuke Honda.
Many people have become familiar with Honda through Champions League play as his current club, CSKA Moscow, is a perennial participant in the competition.
His contract with the Russian club expires in January, and Milan have been quick to snatch him up. It is surprising that the transfer of a player as good as Honda has flown so far under the radar.
Honda will most likely fit into the same role as KPB, playing in an attacking midfield role behind the striker position.
Unfortunately for the Rossoneri, Honda will be cup-tied for the rest of their Champions League run as he has already featured in the completion this season.
In the Russian Premier League this year, Honda has only one goal and one assist in 18 games. He does have a 79 percent passing accuracy and has created 37 chances so don’t let the lack of production give you the impression that he is not dangerous.
To put it in perspective, in a short Champions League campaign this season Honda tallied two goals and as many assists in six games. Add to that eight key passes, an 85 percent passing accuracy, a 67 percent take on success rate, and 75 percent shooting accuracy.
One can definitely see that he does well against good competition.
The move to AC Milan will be good for both player and club. The Milan side are struggling to stay within the Champions League qualifying spots in the Serie A table and could use some creative reinforcements. For Honda, continued football will help him prepare for the World Cup this summer.
Only time will tell if Keisuke Honda will make the sort of mark at the San Siro that is expected of a player wearing the No. 10 jersey.