CM: Bennacer’s long-term injury causes summer reflections – two signings may be needed

By Oliver Fisher -

Ismael Bennacer’s absence is one that will be heavily felt by AC Milan and could even force reflections in view of the summer window, a report claims.

According to a report from, Bennacer’s injury does not just risk damaging Milan’s immediate hopes of a semi-final comeback and a top four finish, because he could be out for up to four months depending on the assessments after the arthroscopic surgery.

With Sandro Tonali and Rade Krunic having already been forced to work overtime, they will continue to do so between now and early June while the likes of Tommaso Pobega and Aster Vranckx should now become a bigger part of the rotations.

Bennacer’s probable long absence is a big problem also in consideration of the planning for the future season and the management may decide invest a substantial part of the budget to purchase one or two midfielders.

An alternative to the Algerian could be sought, therefore a profile more geared towards build-up and directing play, in addition to a more physical and dynamic player who would fill the void created by Franck Kessie’s exit and the failure to replace him.

Vranckx could remain because there is the chance of a swap deal involving Ante Rebic who would go to Wolfsburg where his compatriot Niko Kovac wants him, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea is also admired.

Tags AC Milan Aster Vranckx Ismaël Bennacer Ruben Loftus-Cheek


  1. Adli is the most nearly same typically with bennacer. Pioli should try him. Please no brahim diaz again. Last match against inter he couldn’t get away from inter pressing.

    1. Nope! His playing style and attributes are similar to Hakan but he’s got more vision, technical ability and a wider passing range. However, he’s less physical and therefore the midfield would need to be reconfigured to accommodate him. His biggest issue is that in order for him to be effective, he’d need to be playing deeper but he’s not suitable for the double pivot because he’s not combative enough and because of his inability to press effectively.

      I personally think that he’s truly got a lot to offer this present team with his creativity but he’s not ready for the role in behind the striker as yet (at least that’s what I’m getting from pioli’s decisions)

      It’s kinda sad, because all it takes is a couple tactical tweaks to be able to insert these players into the team, but Pioli has stuck to one setup mostly and doesn’t seem to be changing that policy anytime soon.

      1. he doesn’t have the physical strength or passing range to play deeper either.

        Given how they handled the Kessie replacement situation, I highly doubt they will get two midfielders, on top of that if we miss the CL, we wont have the bedget available for 2 midfielders, let alone one quality one, so they will haggle for months to secure one and we wil lhave a CDK situation all over again, putting someone under pessure for no reason.

        The lack of comprehension in regards to team building and an athlete’s psychology is quite concerning. These higher ups above Maldini dont know their ass from their elbows. This debacle of a season is entirely on previous and current upper management failures to react in an appropriate and timely manner.

        Letting Kessie go for nothing and not replacing him was the most assbackwards decision they could have taken , a risk we were in no position to take.

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