GdS: Kalulu’s rise and Romagnoli’s return gives Pioli a tough decision to make

By Oliver Fisher -

Alessio Romagnoli is back from injury but Pierre Kalulu’s form is giving Stefano Pioli a real issue to resolve, according to a report.

La Gazzetta dello Sport writes how Kalulu has risen the ladder in the last two matches as first he helped neutralise Victor Osimhen in the 1-0 win over Napoli and then he decided the match against Empoli with a nice curling shot.

At 21 years old and with 1617 minutes played, Kalulu is beginning to show that he was a jewel worth betting on. He has speed, tactical intelligence, makes very few mistakes and has good basic technique. He has played 12 games as a right-back, 4 at left-back and 9 at centre-back, showing that he can hold down multiple roles well.

What about Romagnoli? Kjaer’s injury made him a starter and he has 25 games and 1 goal to his name, but against Empoli he remained on the bench despite being back from an injury that forced him off in the cup win over Inter.

There is the matter of his expiring contract hanging over the captain’s head while Lazio – the team of which he has always been a fan – are chasing him. Compared to Kalulu he certainly has more experience, more technique, he knows how to build play up, but he is less athletic and is slower in one-on-one which does not favour a high line.

Tomori-Kalulu means Pioli has two fast and aggressive defenders, with Romagnoli an added value on building out from the back, plus the obvious fact that he is the captain. At the beginning of the season, Milan did not sell him because Pioli demanded four strong central players for the three competitions.

After leaving the Champions League, Milan are still in the running for the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia. Romagnoli has recovered from the injury sustained in the derby and is ready for Cagliari, but Pioli has a decision to make.

Tags AC Milan Alessio Romagnoli Pierre Kalulu


  1. Its not difficult lol, bench Romagnoli since he’s not a Milan player anymore next year, Kalulu kinda on fire now so dont let him lose the momentum by benching him!!

  2. should be not difficult, but for milan stuff it is…for what reason ever! To my opinion Kalulu should play RB, so much more helpful then calabria as RB for the team..

    1. Nah… Calabria is great too. I want to see Kalulu grow but I’m afraid with Botman will start with Tomari. But then again good to have him as bencher.

    2. Disagree.. Calabria hasn’t been back to how he usually has been this season but still very solid. Kalulu on the other hand is good at RB but great at CB. He should continue at CB, he fits there very well.

      As far as Romagnoli goes, it depends on the opponents, if we really need better aerial marking then start Romagnoli, for almost every other opponent start Kalulu. He is the future, and as long as Romagnoli doesn’t sign then Kalulu should get preference.

  3. Funny how everyone is now saying to bench Romagnoli because of a few good performances from Kalulu when a few weeks ago they were advising the management to give in to his Romagnoli’s request of $3.5m salary demands not to lose him on a free.

  4. play the “hot” hand, KALULU, then when game is in hand bring in Romo off the bench to keep him active, and keep Kalulu hungry and somewhat rested. This is what Pioli is paid for. As to Calabria he is returning to form of last year……slowly…very slowly…with each game, I would be starting him but spotting Florenzi in there to keep him fresh.

  5. The big question is juggling the players and time on the pitch, personally could care less about the Coppa, the Scudetto is the prize which we must keep our eye on, let all the subs play in the Coppa,currently against Inter which is /can be at our doorstep in the Scudetto race……I was somewhat critical of Pioli but he has proved me wrong, he is juggling snakes successfully. Forza

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