GdS: Pioli already has double role in mind for De Ketelaere – the details

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli has already begun thinking about how Charles De Ketelaere might fit into his tactical mechanisms, according to a report.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Milan have put forward a new bid worth €31m as a fixed amount and €4m in bonuses. While the Belgian club could ask the Rossoneri for a further effort in terms of how the bonuses are achieved, the feeling is that he will soon be a new Milan player.

They also spoke about how the 21-year-old might fit into Milan’s plans tactically given that he has played virtually every role in the attack during his time with Brugge, and the paper states that Pioli has two ideas in mind.

The Milan boss believes that De Ketelaere can player either as attacking midfielder (therefore the No.10 role) in his 4-2-3-1 system and also as a right winger too in a potential shift to a 4-3-3 should the need arise.

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  1. Honestly, I underland the 4-2-3-1 formation is Pioli’s favorite, but nobody says you have to stick with it if you have resources that may require other formations for efficiency and effectiveness.

    It seems as Adli has great potential. Why should De Keteleaere’s arrival jeopardize Adli? Just bench him?

    If Charles should arrive, Pioli should take the opportunity to be creative.

    1. I like the 4-2-3-1 but now with Adli and De Ketelaere I want us to use 4-3-3, we can have Tonali, Bennacer and Adli in the middle (Pobega, Krunic and Yoko as subs) with Giroud or Origi at ST then Leão at LW and De Ketelaere at RW

    2. Exactly man we should fit both Adli and De Ketelaere into the starting 11, they’re the tall, creative players we need

      1. Agree 100% with Gigi…
        Mr. Pioli is a creative n briliant coach. So he can make both Adli n CDK on the pitch. I believe that…

    3. Every time in the last 2 years we adjust from 4-2-3-1 it’s a disaster.
      We need to stop trying to fix what is not broken. Rather build additional flexibility into the current formation.

  2. You’re right. We’re not getting the most of players like Saelemaekers and Bakayoko under this system.
    Pioli should either be more flexible with the formation, or replace the players who don’t fit with others who do.

    1. Ironically he never actually played as a CF… The guy always on paper was played in a ST like position but then in the match he was always roaming onto the flanks, if you see heat maps of him, he barely was in the box but was mostly on the flanks and outside the box trying to create chances… Context matters bro

      1. Ironically you are mixing the ST and CF roles. ST stays in the box more then CF, who roams outside of the box more. However both “positions” are preatty much the same. A central striker position, with some differences in the style of play. Spesificly for CDK it says that he played 30games as a CF last season. 5 as an SS, 4 as a winger and 4 as an Atacking Mid. So i don’t know what you are on about. You can check how he did in each position on In previous seasons he played best as a striker again. You can even check his goals online and see that he mostly scores from the box like a striker. He can play as a winger, but until now he has been most efficent as a striker.

        1. Ironically a CF still gets into the box, De Ketelaere didn’t:))))))) and CF drops into the middle not onto the flanks:)))

  3. Don’t count your chickens.

    CDK’s not signed yet, and given the numerous twists we’ve seen over the past 4 weeks, I’d be cautious.

  4. Giroud will be a key man again this season make no mistake about that ,he is technically brilliant and knows how to hold up the ball and bring others into the game ..He is strong physically and doesn’t get knocked off the ball too easy .He will score more goals than last season ,and of course has great belief In himself and never gives up .I can see him being recalled up for France at this years World Cup.
    Never write this man off,or indeed our chances of winning honours again this season ..We have a great team ,combined with youth and experience,very exciting times ahead ..

  5. Maignan
    Calabria Tomori Kalulu Theo
    Tonali benaceer
    CDK Adli Leao

    This is the best line up we got at the moment, if pioli makes this line up work, then the magic of last season will happen again

  6. @kossy. U are on point cos the formation above will destroy all team. The scudetto will be ours and am sure we’ll excel in this season UCL. Forza Milan

  7. Carlo Anceloti can made new position on football. Deep Playmaker. On Andrea Pirlo. Pioli have the same level as a coach as Ancelotti. So, he can make Adli n CDK at the same time…
    He is the coach of milan. Not one of us. Remember that…

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