AC Milan have set a target to get Rafael Leao and Lucas Paqueta back into form – two players who they invested a substantial amount in.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport notes in their Wednesday edition (via MilanLive), Leao and Paqueta are probably the two exceptions when looking at entire squad enhanced and re-evaluated by Stefano Pioli.
This is in large part due to the resurgence of Ante Rebic and the dominance of Ismael Bennacer, plus revitalised players such as Hakan Calhanoglu and Samuel Castillejo who Pioli appears to prefer at present.
However, it is worth noting that Elliott Management spent a combined €70million on the Portuguese and the Brazilian, making them the two most expensive purchases during their ownership.
Leao has been forced to settle for a place on the bench after initially exploding when partnered next to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Paqueta doesn’t appear to have a role in the current team amid doubts over what his best position is.
That latter even excluded himself from the squad for the game against Brescia in January hoping that someone would come forward with an offer to buy. The paper concludes by noting that his recovery may only come from playing a different role to the one we have currently seen him occupy.