CM: Two reasons why Adli has played just 46 minutes for Milan thus far

By Isak Möller -

When Yacine Adli was signed by AC Milan last summer, many wanted him to join the team immediately. However, he took his first steps at Milanello this summer and the start hasn’t been a walk in the park. 

The French midfielder was left at Bordeauz on a season-long loan for last season, which is why Milan were able to get such a good deal (€8m paid). Despite a lot of hype, however, Adli has struggled to assert himself in the squad.

As highlighted by, the 22-year-old has played just 46 minutes between two league appearances this season. He wasn’t included in the Champions League squad either, even though that was more understandable given the rules.

There are mainly two reasons behind the lack of playing time, per the report: 1) Pioli is yet to find the perfect position as Adli seemingly cannot play in the midfield tandem, and not as a mezz’ala either. And 2) the competition with Brahim Diaz and Charles De Ketelaera for the No.10 role is too tough as things stand.

On the other hand, it’s clear that Adli was always going to be a signing for the future, and thus patience will also be needed in his development. When the time is right, Pioli will use him in the best way possible as we have seen with the other youngsters.

Tags AC Milan Stefano Pioli Yacine Adli


  1. Just play him already pioli has a bad selection making sometimes even during games we’ll seen it a few times i think that’s one of his flaws …

  2. You said everything apart from the real reason, the real reason is because Pioli is a sentimental coach, even if kavarachalia was bought by Milan To play with leao, pioli will STiLl leave him on the bench for messias , the dude is too sentimental for a coach…..he is simply keeping faith with the squad that have him his first Cup and doesnt want to hurt anyone, I mean Diaz.

    Everyone knows that Diaz no longer fit into this team and we all know that Milan will not spend 22m on him, even CDK is not even giving a 35m performance, so does Adli deserve a chance? YESSSSSS!!! and keeping him waiting for long cause a Madrid bound player might affect his confidence and might need time to get it back, during the plastic fans will crush him with their words.

    I pity the dude though, I believe In his quality and nobody should be surprised if at the end oF the DAy this dude becomes the number 1 AMF.

    1. “even CDK is not even giving a 35m performance”

      The guy just arrived less than a month ago and still adapting with the system and his role. But you’re expecting he magically score a goal and assist in every match like he’s Mbappe or Messi 🤦‍♂️

      You’re seriously fkin clueless 🤦‍♂️

      Stick with your video games kid 👎

    2. I totally agree… I think if he had faith in him he could have done better in that position that we’ve seen so far from diaz and cdk.

  3. Everyday bad excuses , pioli thinks he is the only one who knows football right? You have to use the boy because he very quality player…if these excuses continues we will surely sack him u can’t depend on only your starting eleven squad

  4. @Kossy: agreed, Pioli is a little too loyal to Diaz , who has been disappointing on far too many occasions.

    Adli is a little slow, same could be said of Pobega.

    But against napoli, can Adli not play LWF? Or even CDK on the left and Adli as CAM?

  5. I dont know what are you watching guys frankly. Adli is definitely at the moment not on the level of neither Charles nor Diaz. He is too slow and too soft. Easily pushed off the ball, bad coverage, bad at pressing. He is good on the ball and has a game vision but that is simply not enough. Diaz played well lately actually. And BTW saying that Piolli is bad at subs and sentimental is just plane BS.

  6. The reason is that he had a baby recently and missed the start of the season so he’s actually behind with actual match fitness and tactics even is he did play alot in pre season

  7. This is the same thing you posted two weeks ago and the answer is Pioli prefers that frail midget Diaz. Hopefully he’ll get injured soon and Adli can take his place. Milan are a physical team, there’s no room for cissies like Diaz.

  8. Isn’t it obvious ? Adli will play more next season, this season is his adjustment process. With ACM mercato buy CDK after Adli back from loan, it’s certainly ACM will not buy Brahim Diaz. This season is Brahim’s last season with ACM, except Brahim has very good season to be considered on of the best in Italy.

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