GdS: What Giampaolo is trying to change about Rafael Leao

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Marco Giampaolo is reportedly trying to change one thing about summer signing Rafael Leao.

The Portugal U21 international became the club’s third signing of the summer mercato after Theo Hernandez and Rade Krunic, joining in a €28million deal from Ligue 1 side Lille.

We are yet to see Leao extensively in competitive action for Milan, however he did make his debut late in the 1-0 opening day defeat to Udinese.

According to a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday (via MilanNews.it), Giampaolo is trying to change one thing about the talented 20-year-old.

The paper acknowledges that Leao possesses an abundance of ‘physical power, technique and speed’, but also ‘lets himself go with useless plays, of pure aesthetic value’ – i.e. showboating. 

This does not please Giampaolo, the report adds, and the boss has already told Leao that he must regulate it.

This follows up a report on Friday from Calciomercato.com which claimed that the former Sampdoria boss apparently ‘does not appreciate Lucas Paqueta’s tendency to hold onto the ball’.


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