Rafael Leao hasn’t scored a goal for Milan since the beginning of January, when he scored an impressive goal against Benevento, and tomorrow he will start against Napoli. It’s clear that he needs to improve a lot.
The main goal has to be to break the drought tomorrow, but considering his recent form, it might get difficult for him to succeed. Although Milan are in a good position to win, it might not be wise to bet on a Leao goal and with Ladbrokes, you can find other bets.
The Portuguese youngster is a left-winger by nature and he has always performed best in this position. However, as a result of several injuries, Stefano Pioli has had no other option but to start him in the centre-forward role.
It hasn’t exactly been a super successful decision, given that Leao is currently on an eight-game goal drought. Admittedly, he has only played the last three games as the centre-forward, but that just makes the fact even worse.
Milan will take on Napoli at San Siro tomorrow and against what is a weak defence on paper, Leao could get some good opportunities to grab the long-awaited goal. However, in order to do so, he will have to be motivated himself.
Pioli was asked about the former Lille man and the difficulties as of late during today’s press conference. As always, he defended the youngster and pointed to the positives instead, obviously hoping to fuel the striker to perform better.
You have protected Leao these days…
“I always have to protect my players, especially when I see the right attitudes, sacrifice and work. Everyone has this, even Leao. Last year he lacked the skill of staying in the game with more continuity, he has improved on this.
“I expect a lot from him, he is working well for the team, he must continue like this. He has to improve in recognizing game times, at times he wastes energy by sprinting when his teammates cannot serve him. The goal will come,” he said as cited by MilanNews.
We can only hope that the manager is right and that Leao indeed has enough motivation for tomorrow’s game. It’s always tough for attacking players when you don’t score, but the important part is how you get out of the spell.
Should he fail to perform, then Ante Rebic will surely be ready to make an appearance off the bench and bounce back with a goal straight away. After all, the Croatian might be more suited for the centre-forward role.