Massimiliano Allegri backs Stephan El Shaarawy to find form

Allegri backs El Shaarawy to find form
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Massimiliano Allegri says that Stephan El Shaarawy is training well ahead of the new season and will return to goal-scoring form if he remains focused.

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has backed striker Stephan El Shaarawy to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

The 20-year-old made his breakthrough into the Rossoneri first team last season, finding the net 14 times before the start of the winter break in Serie A.

However, the Italian international only added two more to his tally before the end of the season.

Allegri has warned critics that El Shaarawy is still a young man, and believes that the goals will come if he continues to work hard on the training pitch.

"El Shaarawy just has to keep working," Football Italia quotes the 45-year-old as saying. "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."

El Shaarawy made his debut for the Azzurri in their 2-1 defeat to England a year ago.

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri prior to kick-off against Atalanta on Janaury 27, 2013
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