Italian international Stephan El Shaarawy appeared like one of the findings of the season after he scored 14 goals in the Serie A last season. However, a return of just two goals in the second half of the season coupled with a poor pre-season has led to many question in the effectiveness of the 20-year-old. Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has rejected suggestions that he is not up to the mark by saying that he will soon find his form. Only the arrival of Mario Balotelli to the San Siro helped the club reach the third position in the table.

The former Manchester city man is once again expected to be a key player for Milan in the upcoming season. Allegri has said that El Shaarawy will be able to find his form once again if he manages to work hard in training. The striker will face competition for the first-team places this season after the club extended the contract of Brazilian striker Robinho. The presence of these players is expected to increase the competition for places at the club, which Allegri believes is a good thing. El Shaarawy’s place in the national team is also under threat due to this poor form.

He made his debut for the Italian national team a year ago.

“El Shaarawy just has to keep working. He was thrown into the limelight at a young age and he needs to find the right balance and remain relaxed. He is training well and he has done good things and things less well in matches as everyone has. He just needs to stay focused. Everyone needs to question themselves each day and you have to keep looking to the future. Stephan has all the qualities to get back to how he was playing last year,” said Allegri.