Goal.com gives you the lowdown on the 18-year-old Austrian striker who is hoping to realise his undoubted world-class potential at San Siro after a dreadful spell at Chelsea
By Gianluca Pepe
By Gianluca Pepe
Born in Vienna, Austria, on March 3, 1993, Philipp Prosenik is a modern centre forward blessed with an imposing physique - which makes him a real threat in the air - and good feet. Surprisingly agile given his size, the 18-year-old also boasts a powerful and accurate strike.
Three years ago, Chelsea beat off competition from a host of top sides to prise him away from Rapid Vienna. At the time, Prosenik was spoken of as a player with a bright future; one destined to dramatically improve the fortunes of the ailing Austrian national team.
However, Prosenik failed to develop as expected at Chelsea; if anything, he went backwards and his regression resulted in him failing to nail down a regular berth in the Blues' reserve team.
Indeed, Prosenik featured only three times for the London outfit's second string in the first half of the current campaign, while he didn't make a single appearance last term because of a succession of injuries, which undoubtedly played a major part in his lack of progress over the past 18 months.
FORWARD | AC MILAN
Before his English experience, Prosenik had excelled at under-age level for his country. The stats speak for themselves: three goals in two games for the Under-16s; 10 goals in 18 for the Under-17s. It was this impressive form for the national side which persuaded Chelsea's then-director of football Frank Arnesen to offer the player a three-year deal with the club in 2009.
However, after failing to make any sort of impact at Stamford Bridge, and with his contract set to expire in June, AC Milan capitalised on the opportunity to sign Prosenik on the cheap during last month's transfer window.
Over the course of the next six months, Prosenik will be deployed in the Rossoneri's Primavera side, partly due to how overcrowded the current senior squad is with offensive players. However, if he can manage to usurp either Simone Andrea Ganz or Gianmario Comi in the Primavera's forward line, the plan is for him to be gradually introduced into the first-team squad.
Prosenik is from good stock: his father, Christian, was a midfielder with the Austrian national team during the 80s and 90s before taking charge of the Rapid Vienna youth team in 2008. A fun piece of trivia tells us that, although he played for Chelsea, Prosenik the younger has always been a Liverpool fan.
Will he look back on the recent Champions League final clashes between the Reds and Milan differently now? Who knows, but he'll no doubt be hoping that, the next time the two meet, he'll be in a position to make a name for himself against his boyhood idols.