A year ago, he had made three appearances in the first five games of the league. This season, he has three in the first six games. Ante Rebic is experiencing a deja vu situation, but for very different reasons.
As highlighted by Calciomercato.com, the striker arrived at Milan after a summer of tension and misunderstanding at Eintracht Frankfurt. This, in fact, characterized the first half of his season with the Rossoneri.
If last summer Rebic was at fault, you can’t say the same this year. Dislocating his elbow, he was struck by bad luck and needed a long recovery time. The goal, however, doesn’t change: he needs to work hard to recover.
He had to chase last year, he must chase this year: in the 4-3-3 he never found his space, post-lockdown with the 4-2-3-1 he started to fly. Now the formation is the same, only one interpreter has changed: Rafael Leao is finding continuity in that role.
Yet, in his way of understanding the role, Rebic is unique. Leao scores, but only when he plays as a centre-forward in place of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Not from the wings, where he instead delivers assists.
Rebic, ironically enough, scores more when he plays as a winger and also provides assists. For this reason, Milan need him running on the left flank, making the most of the space that Ibrahimovic leaves.