Journalist Alberto Cerruti has questioned Elliott Management’s commitment to making AC Milan a serious team in his latest editorial for MilanNews.
A lot of journalists have had some hot takes about Milan’s market when it might be easier just to buy youtube views rather than create hysteria, and you can read our thoughts on the end of market here.
However, Cerruti has some interesting opinions on the way that Milan’s 2020 summer window was conducted.
“With the closing of the most important market, that of construction and not of repair, which will arrive in January, the balance sheet can be read in two ways,” he begins.
“It is certainly a good thing for the Elliott fund, which dictated the line: buying only young players. And never mind if Brahim Diaz and Dalot arrived with the loan formula and not outright, as they suggested from above a year ago. This means that on the one hand not a lot of money has been spent, but on the other hand that not all the latest arrivals belong entirely to Milan.
“The second aspect of the balance, which interests fans most, is however negative. In fact, the central defender that Pioli wanted has not arrived, a spare forward has not arrived and not even a champion has arrived in the other roles on which to rely immediately.
“The experience of Ibrahimovic and Kjaer, referring to them and to the importance of their respective purchases, obviously did not help, but above all the match won only on penalties against the modest Rio Ave did not help, nor did the first half encourage against the newly promoted Spezia.
“Within a few days it was understood that young players can be as good as Colombo and Maldini, but they represent the future not the present. And Milan cannot live on an eternal future, while Juventus takes Chiesa to mention only the latest arrival, Inter takes Vidal and Hakimi, Atalanta takes Lammers that Gasperini has already compared to Van Basten even, and Napoli takes Osimhen.
“In the end, therefore, the best operations were the arrival of Tonali, which cannot be discussed, and the sale of Paquetà which yielded an unexpected 20 million, to be added to the 15 for access to the group stage of the Europa League. Precisely this so-called treasure of 35 million, combined with a further effort by Elliott, could and should have strengthened Milan, which has the duty to reach at least fourth place, without neglecting the objectives of the Italian Cup and the Europa League.
“In summary, how many among Kalulu, Brahim Diaz, Hauge, Dalot and finally the seventeen year old Pobi will be owners? It is true that Milan, for better or worse, has entered the Europa League and above all they are leading the league with full points, with the only unbeaten defence among the teams that have played three games, but it would be a mistake to delude oneself, as it was a mistake in 2007 after winning the Champions League against Liverpool, not to reinforce a team at the end of the cycle, which in fact hasn’t won anything anymore.
“And then experience teaches us that it is better to buy one or two great players of certain trust, such as Chiesa to be clear, rather than six or seven presumed talented young players. But evidently Elliott’s line does not foresee other deviations after the decisive one which opportunely blocked Rangnick’s arrival, favouring the confirmation of Pioli and consequently that of Ibrahimovic.
“Pioli alone he cannot work miracles, because the players make the difference. For this it would have been essential to take precautions with an alternative to Ibrahimovic who, beyond the COVID, will not be able to play all the games on three fronts.
“In attack, as in defence, no one has arrived and then it will be necessary to cling to what passes the convent, from the inconsistent Leao that appears and disappears, to the eighteen year old Colombo. With the hope of not having to run for cover in January, because it is not enough to be first in October to arrive at least fourth in May.”