GdS: Pioli makes it his mission to develop young Milan trio into key pillars

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli is hoping that three young players will soon become embedded as core pillars of his side, according to a report.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews), the Rossoneri already have an established core that Pioli has helped develop such as Theo Hernandez, Franck Kessie, Ante Rebic, Alexis Saelemaekers and more, but his job is far from finished.

There are three players that Pioli believes can be added to this list: 21-year-old midfielder Sandro Tonali, 22-year-old winger Rafael Leao and 22-year-old playmaker Brahim Diaz.

Tonali is already showing signs of a leap in quality from his performances early this season with Milan and Italy U21s, but Pioli will return to being a psychologist to free him from excessive pressure. With Brahim Diaz the discussion is different as his performances were already growing towards the end of the previous season, and the work done will be on his consistency and his position.

Pioli has chosen to promote Leao to being a starter in an attempt to fix the inconsistency that has plagued the last two season. The coach has a very specific target: to make the Portuguese striker a player involved in every moment of the match and to become more decisive.

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Tags AC Milan Brahim Diaz Rafael Leao Sandro Tonali


  1. Leao has the physique, technical ability and explosive pace to destroy any defender in the world. His mental game is where it is at, and the more he plays, the better he will get here. If anyone deserves time to simply wait and see what they will do, he is the guy! When he is developed and reaches his potential in more areas, he is going to run a rampage across Europe in the CL and throughout Italy if he stays!

  2. Great, Milan can develop them into great players and then let them leave for free because they don’t want to pay anybody. The fact that Milan management did not learn anything from the Donnarumma and Calhanoglu situations and are in the same debacle again with Kessie is inexcusable. This is a poorly run team.

  3. Leao is gonna turn out so good, no goal post will resist him. If we can play him consistently like we did with Kessie, Donnarunma and even Calhanoglu, he is going to wreck every defence placed ahead of our attack.

    The only clause is that we must since a 10years agreement with $500million release clause.

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