CorSera: 26 minutes enough to generate CDK fever – his first start is not far away

By Oliver Fisher -

We saw 26 minutes of Charles De Ketelaere in action during the victory over Udinese and was enough to generate excitement about the impact he can have.

Corriere della Sera (via PianetaMilan) have written how there were some very encouraging signs from the debut of De Ketelaere which came less than two weeks after he arrived in Italy to begin his new adventure after a €35m move from Club Brugge.

Directors Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara know that Milan can really take a leap forward in attack by having quality in the No.10 role that has been lacking for some time now (even if Brahim Diaz did well in his start on Saturday) and there are very positive impressions from CDK already.

The 21-year-old is already learning Italian because he wants to be autonomous as soon as possible also in communication. He wants to speed up his inclusion into the squad and to show Pioli that he can be relied upon as quickly as possible.

With De Ketelaere, Milan now have the weapons in attack that will allow the coach to change formation during the game from a 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 and possible even to other systems to better protect the midfield, which could be useful on Champions League nights.

De Ketelaere can play as a right winger or even as a false nine, while his his physical condition is getting better and that means he could start as early as Sunday at the Gewiss Stadium against Atalanta. The times will not be forced, but the feeling is a very optimistic one based on initial signs.

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