CM: Brahim Diaz hopes for comfort from Spezia again as doubts arise over his €22m clause

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have not seen the best version of Brahim Diaz for more than a few weeks now, but the opponent on Monday night could provide some comfort. reports that Stefano Pioli is set to start the match against Spezia with Brahim Diaz playing in his usual role as the playmaker behind the striker, in the tried and tested 4-2-3-1 system. There is not an awful lot of alternative choice as Daniel Maldini is still quite raw, so the Spaniard is set for a 15th start in the 18 games he has been available this season.

It is a further injection of confidence for a player who has always been at the centre of the project but has struggled since missing a few games with Covid-19. However, there is certainly something interesting about his last goal on September 25th as it was a late winner against Spezia away from home.

In the following 11 league games he has amassed only 2 assists – those coming against two struggling sides in Genoa and Salernitana – which is simply not a big enough return for a No.10 at Milan.

Paolo Maldini and Pioli have no doubts about the choice made to bring him back on a two-year loan, but now he will have to prove that he is worth the €22m to buy him outright while bearing in mind that there is a buy-back at €27m.

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  1. Chief says:

    he will be fine against Spezia whose defenders are not as strong as the top tier teams. He has great footwork but is easily pushed off the ball by stronger and larger players.

    1. Shal says:

      He could do great against Juve and Atalanta. But he needs space and partners to hold the ball. Usually his work was supported by Zlatan last year then by Rebic at the very beginning of the season. They could help him by cleaning space for him. But now we don’t have a CF who also can play as second AMF.

  2. Nelli says:

    After watching him this season I almost feel he’d be better suited on the right wing. He’s just not strong enough to move the ball effectively through the middle of the defense. I also want to see more of Saelemaekers and Kessie in the middle of the attack. Saele seems at his best when able to move across the line or with passing option on either side. Kessie is a tank who can hold possession and resist tackles even against the best defenders. And both in the middle would make the press quite intimidating.

  3. Stam says:

    22m is more than the total of Spezia salaries

    He is not good enough, had only a few good games for us in total

  4. Shal says:

    Use him with Rebic as CF and he will be fine again. He is lack of muscles and needs someone to clean up space in front of him. Rebic usually plays at the edge of box like false 9 or even second AMF and he lures one or two defenders away from the area. Zlatan did the same job before but now he is more like second Giroud.

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