Aster Vranckx insight: Scouting report, stats, transfer rating and more

By Rohit Rajeev -

While AC Milan were busy completing the change of ownership from Elliott Management to RedBird Capital, they also managed to agree a deal for Aster Vranckx with Wolfsburg.

Of Congolese descent, Vranckx came through the ranks of Belgium club KV Mechelen before signing for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga last summer. So what can the Rossoneri expect from the Belgian? Here is an analysis…

Playing style

Vranckx likes to play on the wings and likes to take on full-backs and wide midfielders of the opposition. He occupies wider areas of space and likes to receive the ball and either create a 2v1 with the wing-back or make space for runs from his attackers.

On the ball ability: Perhaps Vranckx’s strongest area is his ability to play the ball. His good first touch, his close control and his ability to hold up and retain possession is very good for a player only 19 years old.

Vranckx – who is 183cm tall (6ft) – uses his frame to shield the ball away from his opponent while he has the quick feet to turn or change direction making him a tricky customer for players to deal with.

Tactical intelligence: A midfielder must be able to understand the flow of the game before he can influence it. As you can see here Vranckx always positions himself between the lines to receive the ball and understand the space.


His ability to make runs into space especially in the final third of the pitch makes him a tricky customer, as Sevilla found out.

Passing: Vranckx is not the silkiest of passers but most of the time prefers the safest option instead of trying a risky through ball and losing possession. This means he keeps the play ticking and recycles possession.

Pressing: Wolfsburg use a form of cover shadows while pressing which is essentially cutting off the passing options of an opponent player on the ball. Vranckx always identifies player who is unmarked as he scans his surroundings by looking over his shoulder and behind.

Tackling and interceptions: Vranckx’s defensive forte is his ability to intercept passes and use his long legs to tackle. One of his main methods of doing this is to anticipate the play like how he sees the pass to Renato Sanches as soon as he saw him drawing out.


His tackles are also clean and he reaches out to the ball very well.

Pace: Vrankx has real long strides and covers ground really quickly. His acceleration to reach his top speed is very fast and it is difficult for defenders to anticipate his moves.

If asked which player he resembles the most he looks more like Renato Sanches rather than a Franck Kessie mould of midfielder. This would lend credence to the idea that Pioli is slowly planning to chance his structure from a double pivot to a midfield threee.

Statistical analysis

Thanks to Scout7Calcio for this ‘pizza wheel’ of Aster Vrankcx. This visual denotes the percentile rank of Vranckx when compared to the rest of Europe.


As we can see, Vranckx presses a lot and his team have successfully achieved turnovers with his pressing. He also has a very high percentile for tackles won.

He has a high percentile in terms of Shot Creating Actions though his dribbling, while he ranks a very good 85 percentile for dribbling past players.

Areas to improve

Passing: As mentioned earlier Vrankcx isn’t a skilled passer so he needs to improve on this aspect in order to not lose possession so cheaply especially to teams which can be deadly on the counters.

Work rate: Playing for a team with a high pressing unit like Milan it will demand him to physically exert himself a lot more unlike Wolfsburg.


After tasting Scudetto success fans may not like the approach that the club are taking – especially after being linked with much more established midfield targets – but Milan are building something with players that could be a formidable core in time.

Vranckx is a part of this and he could well become a wonderful player if given the right patience and opportunities, adding to a group that mean in years Milan could be a dominant team in Europe.

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  1. So I really like this sort of article, excellent job by the author thank you. It does seem a bit ‘glowing’ in areas and doesn’t really explain why Wolfsburg are willing to let him leave on loan and agree an optional fee not much more than they paid for him.

    Weaknesses seem to be progressive passes and movement, so he’s more of a ball winner than a creative and will rely on a strong midfield partner to build and direct the play. Looks like he may need some development to be as adept as a player like Kessie or Sanches for evading and turning a press around.

    Obviously he’s only young but there must be a reason he’s been dropped by Wolfsburg and now they’re happy to see him move on; hopefully he suits Pioli’s style well and can impress in the limited chances he’ll get.

    1. I spoke with a german friend of mine who is a wolfsburg fan and he said that he is curious to see if vranckx will get his opportunities with us but that he is a talented player but sometimes a bit too overmotivated (assuming he plays a bit dangerous tackle wise) , He also said that in the event that milan wont buy him he was hopell of a better player returning to them.
      Ive read other wolfsburg fans opinions and a lot of them seems to not to be too fond of the idea of letting go of the player.

  2. This type of analysis is useless. One or two screenshot moments from a 90mins match and judging a player. Please wait for few matches before making such bizarre judgments. I am pretty sure the author never watched him play with wolfsburg. Just YouTube videos only.

  3. He’s very young. I doubt he can help us short term, and the future is anyone’s guess with these kids.

    God help us this season if Bennacer or Tonali get injured.

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