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.