AC Milan have had problems scoring goals all season, and a report from Calciomercato.com has highlighted the midfield as an area where production has been lacking.
The Rossoneri have scored just 27 league goals this campaign so far, the worst of any team in the top 13. Beyond that, Milan have only scored more than SPAL (19), Udinese (21), Brescia (22) and Sampdoria (26).
This of course has its roots in several aspects, above all the lack of a proper striker in the first half of the season with Krzysztof Piatek struggling for form, but he is not the only one to blame.
Looking at the numbers and comparing them with the past, there is a clear lack of goals from midfield. So far in Serie A Milan have two goals from Giacomo Bonaventura, three from Hakan Calhanoglu and one from Franck Kessie.
Milan lacks the power of the Ivorian, the freshness of Jack and the inventiveness of Calhanoglu, as well as the inspiration of Paqueta, the report continues.
Last year the Milan midfield were responsible for 16 goals, with three from Bonaventura and Calhanoglu, seven from Kessie and one each from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Lucas Biglia and Lucas Paqueta.
Two years ago there was even more: Calhanoglu (6), Bonaventura (6) and Kessie (5) combined for 17 goals and those from Montolivo and Biglia made it 21.
Three years ago the Milan midfield amassed 15 goals: five from Pasalic, three from Bonaventura and Kucka, two from Locatelli and the individual goals of Andrea Bertolacci and Mati Fernandez.
The gap, therefore, is clear and obvious and perhaps goes some way to explaining just why the Rossoneri are finding it so difficult this term.