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By ESPN Staff
Feb 11, 2008

Paloschi joins list of exciting youngsters in Serie A

MILAN, Feb 11 (Reuters) - AC Milan striker Alberto Paloschi become the latest teenager to make an immediate impact on Italian soccer after taking just 18 seconds to score on his Serie A debut.

The 18-year-old sealed Milan's 1-0 win after coming on as a substitute against Siena on Sunday.

Brazil's Alexandre Pato, Paloschi's 18-year-old team mate, has netted four goals since arriving at Milan at the start of the year and veteran striker Filippo Inzaghi, 34, believes the future of the European champions is in good hands.

'With this lad and the other youngsters we have, we are well set for 10 years in attack,' Inzaghi told reporters.

Italian Paloschi said playing upfront with the world's foremost 'fox in the box' was a dream.

'It was beautiful to play with Inzaghi. Since I was little I've been inspired by him, not for the goals, but for the energy he puts in every match. I always listen to his advice,' he said.

The youth team striker came on as a 63rd-minute substitute with Milan down to the bare bones upfront because of injuries to Kaka and Pato. Ronaldo also went off at halftime after looking well off the pace in his latest injury comeback.

The youngster's verve contrasted markedly with the struggling Brazilian and he scored the quickest debut goal in Serie A with a superb finish into the corner from the edge of the box.

An ageing Milan side including 39-year-old Paolo Maldini, 37-year-old Cafu and 36-year-old Serginho were struggling to break down Siena until the youngster's introduction.

After recovering from a shaky first half of the season, Milan are just two points behind fourth-placed Fiorentina and can move into a Champions League spot if they beat Livorno in Wednesday's game in hand.

Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti, whose son Davide is also in the youth ranks at the San Siro, now has to decide whether to play Paloschi on Wednesday.

Inter Milan counterpart Roberto Mancini had a similar dilemma last month when his 17-year-old forward Mario Balotelli notched a stunning double in the Italian Cup quarter-final win over Juventus.

Mancini chose to be cautious with Balotelli and sent him to play in a youth championship, where he has been banging in the goals, rather than overexpose him too early.