GdS: A multi-purpose player with encouraging stats – Pioli ready to welcome Adli

By Oliver Fisher -

It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of transfer market speculation and forget the new additions that have already been secured, with one of them being Yacine Adli.

La Gazzetta dello Sport writes how the 21-year-old Frenchman will return from his loan at Bordeaux – during which he suffered relegation to the second tier – and will look at carving out a role under head coach Stefano Pioli in his new adventure.

He can play at least five positions from central midfield forwards, and the paper writes how Adli seems to have been purpose-made for the new chameleonic Milan designed by Pioli.

Adli may have amassed just 1 goal in a tough season for Les Girondins, but he added 8 assists. End product is something for him to work on though, and Pioli certainly has a track record of developing exactly that – just look at Rafael Leao.

Before joining Bordeaux from PSG, Adli played mainly as an attacking midfielder but under the guidance of Gasset he enriched his defensive skills, standing out in a 4-2-3-1 system for his ability to win the ball and drive play forward quickly with the pass or dribble.

According to the data put together by Football Critic, in the season just ended Adli put together 4.3 combined tackles and winning interceptions per game. By comparison, Ismael Bennacer and Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund were at 3.9 and 4 respectively.

Adli presses more than 25 times per game, a figure that makes him one of the best European midfielders in this specialty. He is among the 7 best Under 23s for the number of potential goal scoring chances created. Now, it is up to Pioli to polish him.

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