AC Milan brought in a total of five players during the summer and a majority of them have been used scarcely by Stefano Pioli so far. This has been the foundation of some criticism but Fabio Capello has now defended the manager.
Out of the players that arrived in the summer, plus Yacine Adli who returned from loan, only one of them has been used quite a lot, namely Charles De Ketelaere. Sergino Dest, Malick Thiaw and Aster Vranckx, on the other hand, have not played a lot.
Some fans have criticised Pioli for not using these players more but as we saw in the final games of the first half, they are slowly but steadily getting more minutes. Fabio Capello, speaking to MilanNews, has also backed Pioli on the matter.
“The coach sees them every day, he has an idea of the game and fields certain players to win. There are no discussions: if you show me that you’re stronger than what I think then you play. If you’re not stronger then you go to the bench or the stands, even if now the players no longer sit in the stands,” he stated.
Adli, Thiaw and Vranckx all did well in Dubai and Dest also impressed with USA at the World Cup. The feeling, therefore, is that we will see a lot more of them in the second half of the season.