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Keisuke Honda has truly veered between extremes in his time at Milan. One of the most exciting acquisitions when Adriano Galliani signed him in 2013, the Japanese international was a disappointment in the first months he was at the club, before bouncing back at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season, with a phenomenal six goals and three assists in his first 9 Serie A games with the Diavolo.

Following another trough towards the end of last season, however, it became apparent to many Milan fans that the former CSKA star was heading for the exit, especially after he made some (understandable, if ill-judged) comments about the club's ambitions.

Never considered to be unsellable by Milan, Honda has, however, completely turned things around once more. How? Well, he’s become a key cog in Sinisa Mihajlovic’s (or should we say Silvio Berlusconi’s?) 4-4-2, as the only viable right winger. Fantastic in his Man-of-the-Match performance against Inter, the Japanese international has helped Milan to a six-game unbeaten streak.

But there’s more: did you know that Honda alone brings in 1.2 million a year to Milan’s coffers? He’s priceless when it comes to promoting the Rossoneri brand in Asian markets, with image rights in Japan particularly important.

Keisuke Honda is here to stay, people. And he deserves nothing less.

Emanuele Tramacere (@TramacEma), translated by @EdoDalmonte