Hauge’s promising start and the sudden drop in form – what happened to the winger

By Isak Möller -

Jens Petter Hauge arrived at Milan towards the end of the summer transfer window, just days after facing the Rossoneri with Bodo/Glimt. Based on that performance, the Rossoneri gans were very excited about his arrival. 

Things started well for the Norwegian youngster, who managed to get the chance quite early with the first team as Milan were competing on several fronts. He made his debut against Spezia in the third round, getting 19 minutes on the pitch.

And later that same month, he came off the bench late against Celtic and scored his first goal for the club in the dying seconds of the game. He then scored his first league goal in the game against Napoli in November, making for a promising start.

No one expected the youngster to take Milan by storm, considering the big difference between Norwegian football and Serie A, but his start (with four goals and one assist) at least hinted that he could become a great player for the Rossoneri.

However, then came the dip in form, which subsequently resulted in more games on the bench and less playing time. During today’s press conference, as cited by MilanNews, Stefano Pioli was asked about Hauge’s drop in form.

“He had a physical tarnish but it’s psychological. He arrived when the season in Norway was about to end and he was better than the others. In these two days, I have seen him in good condition,” he stated.

As much as Hauge gained from being in top condition when he arrived, he also lost the same if not more when the rest of the Serie A caught up with him and he started to get tired. At this level, furthermore, it’s not always easy to recover mentally either.

Hopefully, the youngster will get some more playing time in the season finale and he will need the confidence to do what he did at the start: take on the opponents without fear. Then in the summer, we will see if he will stay or move on loan.

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  1. I don’t really believe it. Mandzukic has not been playing 8 months before he joined milan, yet pioli trust him more than hauge who is theoretically in better shape than mandzukic.
    Pioli juat don’t like Hauge, he is just an old schoolboy coach, who relies more on experience rather than ability. That’s why the lads like samu,krunic, dalot always get more playing time.
    The youngster will not flourish under pioli.

  2. When did he lost form,? they’re not using him and now telling us that he has lost form they should just do the right thing and stop this camophlage, Hauge is really talented.

  3. How can someone who never plus loose form. Pioli is just a sturborn old fashion coach who prefers strength than flexibility. Is krunic better than Hauge? Absolutely no. I think the management needs to compel him to play Hauge.

  4. That is why i so much hate ITALIAN coaches. They don’t reason very well. They fill they know when they know nothing.

  5. Milan will not get better with Pioli. If you believe that he is the only reason milan had a good period post covid19 then you are wrong. After Giampaolo he was the right man to arrange the squad in the field and rebuild the trust, yes but this is it. From there everything went down. Even when we were wining the game was allways ugly. Hauge came with creativity, entusiasm and vision but ‘master’ Pioli never gave the lad a chance. I hate old italian coaching style.. it is so obsolete

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