Ante Rebic and Divock Origi keep disappointing in the opportunities that they are being given by Stefano Pioli, which gives AC Milan a problem to resolve.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport report, the final month and a half of the season could be decisive for both players as it could lead to a resurgence that alters the plans for their futures or it could escalate their passage to the exit door.
In the summer one or both could remain, though a double exit seems unlikely given other signings are also needed and it is hard to do a complete revolution.
However, the fact is that Origi and Rebic were meant to be the first two alternatives to Olivier Giroud since Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 41 and has only managed 143 minutes throughout the season.
Milan have the second-best attack in the league (51 goals, tied with Inter and Atalanta, behind Napoli’s 67) but it is little thanks to the Croatian and the Belgian who have played 2,125 minutes combined – 1,140 for Rebic, 985 for Origi.
Ante has 29 appearances, 11 of which are starts. Divock has 30, including 8 from the first minute. In short, they have had ample chance to show their worth and yet the former Eintracht Frankfurt man has three goals to his name, the ex-Liverpool striker just two.
Dividing the total minutes on the pitch (2,125) by the number of goals (5) we obtain an average of one goal every 425 minutes. In detail: one every 380 minutes for Rebic, one every 492 for Origi.
Then there is the economic discussions. Rebic earns €3.5m net per season and Origi €4m which means that each goal scored by the two has cost €1.5m, or €2m in gross. Stefano Pioli waits for any kind of encouraging signs, while the summer window draws closer.
Sell Origi, keep Rebic as fourth option, below Chaka Traore.
Why didn’t Rebic or Origi show up for the day off today?
Calabria, Kjaer and Kalulu were said to show up at work, as posted here.
Origi doesn’t even show up when he’s in a game!
It’s a day off. Mean it’s holiday. That should be self-explanatory.
Milan should have sold Rebic last summer. Origi was a horrendous signing.
I don’t get Maldini. I love him as a club icon but these transfer signings are mind boggling.
Get rid of rebic and Origi. Simple.
Oh add CDK to that list !!!
Rebic plays like he hasn’t played in months. Origi plays like he’s never seen a football before. The money spent on the Belgian is a huge waste.
And because of those wages, they won’t be easy to find a suitor for at all. All those looking at Aouar, N’Dicka or any other ‘free’ signing out there would do well to remember that; if it goes wrong you end up with a grossly overpaid asset on your books with no value.
Rebic, to be fair, brings a lot to the team when he’s not scoring; his work rate and pressing game are top class when he’s fit and that makes opportunities for others.
Origi is yet to show anything; we can only hope that a full pre -season next year gives him opportunity to integrate with Pioli’s plans better. After all, he missed the early season with injury.