GdS: Data shows how sparingly Pioli has previously used new signings

By Oliver Fisher -

So far during his tenure at AC Milan, head coach Stefano Pioli has been apprehensive when it comes to throwing new signings on the field from minute one.

A segment from this morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) has relayed the data regarding how much Pioli has used the new signings he has been given in the first season after their arrivals.

Starting with the 2020-21 campaign, Pioli started Diogo Dalot in 38% of games, with Brahim Diaz starting in 40%, Jens Petter Hauge at 11% and Sandro Tonali 43%

Mario Mandzukic was a started in just 8% of matches after he joined in January as a free agent, with Soualiho Meite at 35% and Fikayo Tomori at 83%.

In 2021-22, Fode Ballo-Toure started in 12% of games, Alessandro Florenzi 27%, Olivier Giroud 60%, Junior Messias 35% and Pietro Pellegri 2%. Goalkeepers are excluded from the ranking.

Last season, Yacine Adli started in just 2% of games (once). Charles De Ketelaere started 25%, Sergino Dest 8%, Divock Origi 19%, Tommaso Pobega 19%, Malick Thiaw 35% and Aster Vranckx 6%.

Given that Pioli has been given a bigger say regarding the incoming signings and he has used several of them heavily in preseason, it suggests he might well be ready to reverse the trend of taking a long time to integrate new players.

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  1. It’s normal that he is scared to use young players seeing that all through his coaching career and track records he had never won a damn thing! And having found himself in a club as big as Milan, he tread carefully so he doesn’t get fired as he always had! Now it’s obvious the scudetto was Ibrahimovic effects and Intermilan fumbling….as last season testified which on the table we came 5th and only worthy of Europa league! Now this season will certainly define and pay bare his fears, his limitation as average and folly .

    1. Adel go and sck ibrahimovic’s dck, you and ibrahimovic are two ass***les ibrahimovic robbed us he was eating our money without doing anything

    2. Pioli doesnt seem to me a good coach.
      Doesnt manage young talents fairly.
      The likes of Jp hauge, yacin adli, cdk etc, are good players he could made the best of, but he just give them a little playing time and expect them perform miracles on the pitch.

      The most annoying is to watch small teams hold us to draws and even beat us.

      We need a change of coach.

  2. Some of the players had injuries, and it’s not all about starting, but can we have some stats for second seasons because it’ll show what happened once certain players settled like Tonali and Brahim?

    1. This stat is a bit misleading giving that in many cases (Mandzukic, Florenzi and even Origi), the players were injured. Other players were 3rd choices in positions already full (Hauge had to compete against Leao and a good version of Rebic). Adli’s case is a bit mysterious, I hope he gets a better chance this season.

      1. No I agree. It’s just hilarious that he now has all the players allegedly that he wants, if he doesn’t play them (I think by shear force he has to) would be funny. I’ve said this before It’s really on him now

  3. Majority of those players were brought in to be back ups or were on loan.
    Mario Mandzukic hadn’t played in over a year when they decided to sign him.
    For back ups those percentages are actually about right.
    CDK and Origi are the only ones that should have played more based on fees, salaries and expectations, but between poor for and injuries they didn’t play enough.
    The rest is the right amount of play time based on their age, quality and role in the team

  4. He doesn’t have a choice but to play new signings. Our starting 11 from three years ago is gone in midfield and attack. No Ibra to be the clean up man either, this will be a win by committee team and half the players we brought in barely played 2 full games together.

    This will be a rough year.

  5. I think this season will be the season for Pioli to show whether he’s up there with the best or he’s just a regular coach

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