Can a single player change the hierarchies of an entire team? Yes, if the player in question is called Zlatan Ibrahimovic. With the arrival of the Swede, it’s reasonable to expect that Milan’s balance may change.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport (via MilanNews.it), one of the players that could partner up with Ibrahimovic is Rafael Leao. The youngster has the potential to become a great player, but he certainly needs to improve, especially in his approach.
In a 4-3-3, as the newspaper continues, the Portuguese could play as a left-winger in the attacking trio. Alternatively, he could be the second striker in a 4-4-2, although Pioli intends to move forward with the former formation.
In the middle of the pitch, Bennacer and Bonaventura will keep their spots, while Krunic could be chosen instead of the ‘rougher’ Kessie. The Bosnian, who arrived from Empoli, has impressed when given the chance this season.
However, going back to the attack, there are a lot of interesting questions. Piatek future remains unknown, and if Pioli opts for the 4-3-3, then he would compete with Ibra. This, of course, won’t be easy.
Per the newspaper, Suso is also at risk. For Ibrahimovic, it’s very important that his teammates work hard. Therefore, Calhanoglu is in a good position, as he has registered the most kilometres per game for Milan this season.