During the 2000s, AC Milan possessed one of the most feared forward lines in world football.

Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi were brought together at San Siro around the turn of the century, and between them scored over 300 goals in the colours of the Rossoneri.

Over the last 10 years, though, Milan's fall from grace has coincided with a revolving door of forwards that have struggled to consistently fire when the club needed them most.

Mario Balotelli, Carlos Bacca, Andre Silva and Krzysztof Piatek were all signed to lead the line, and despite some flashes of form, all have since been moved on.

Not since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2011-12 has a Milan player scored more than 20 Serie A goals in a season, and it is telling that the seven-time European champions were forced to turn back to the 38-year-old Swede to solve their goalscoring issues in January of this year.

To his credit, Ibrahimovic stepped up for Stefano Pioli's side, scoring 11 goals in 20 appearances across all competitions to help earn them Europa League qualification.

The former Barcelona and Manchester United star looks set to be rewarded with a new contract, but with Ibrahimovic well into the twilight years of his career, Milan need to be seriously thinking about a succession plan.

Fortunately for them, they have a striker on their books whose goalscoring record at youth level suggests he can be the long-term answer when it comes to spearheading the forward line.