Yet to make league debut for new club, ex-Liverpool starlet says he's still adapting

Getting into the side at AC Milan has proved a difficult task for Suso since his January move from Liverpool.

Suso told Milan Channel that he continues to work to get his bearings in northern Italy, adapting to life in a new country and league.

The Spaniard at last called time on his Liverpool stint in January, having never really been able to launch himself on Merseyside and spending time out on loan at Almeria.

With just 21 senior appearances under his belt with the Reds, the 21-year-old took the decision to depart for San Siro to breathe new life into his young career.

In a rather turbulent rebuilding stage with Silvio Berlusconi’s riches abandoning the club, Milan seemed to represent a greater opportunity for the former Cadiz man.

The issue, however, is that Suso arrived at Milanello to find a top-heavy squad with no shortage of players boasting the same qualities as himself.

Even with Stephan El Shaarawy on the treatment table, Suso sees the likes of Jeremy Menez, Giacomo Bonaventura and Keisuke Honda standing in his way.

Still yet to make his Serie A debut, the Spain youth international has been limited to just 11 minutes of Coppa Italia action in his formative days in the Milan camp.

But Suso has insisted he needs time to settle in to his new environs, comparing life in Italy to that of his native Spain.

He told Milan Channel: “I am still getting used to Italian football. I am working to settle in as best as possible. Of course I would have liked to have played more, but I am waiting for my chance.

“I am very happy to be here, I am adapting to life in Italy, which is similar to that in Spain. I would like to become a key player for this team, my main ambition is to be successful with Milan.”

To turn his fortunes around, Suso will have to prove to boss Pippo Inzaghi that he is worthy of a place in the side ahead of his numerous competitors.

And the Spaniard’s versatility – able to play centrally in support or on either wing – appears to give him something of an advantage in the fight to crack the starting eleven.

Suso highlighted this in speaking on his favoured role, saying he is fully at the disposal of Inzaghi.

“My best position is playing behind the strikers. Last year I played on the right wing, the left wing and in the past even as a centre midfielder but I play where the coach wants.”

Inzaghi has transitioned away from a 4-3-3 formation to a 4-3-1-2 set-up which features a trequartista role that no doubt appeals to the Spaniard.

Bonaventura, also a player who relishes lining up out wide or in midfield, has so far been handed the playmaking reins, blocking Suso’s way into the side.

The Italian is the man Suso must in turn overcome to earn his rewards, though it remains to be seen when Inzaghi will decide the time is right to give the youngster his chance to prove himself.

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