MN: Messias-Saelemaekers battle resumes – comparing the numbers of both

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is still looking for the right formula in the decisive phase of the season, in particular on the right flank.

MilanNews report how with 43 appearances out of the 44 total games the Rossoneri have played this season, Alexis Saelemaekers has the most appearances of any Milan player but since January he has been battling with Junior Messias for a starting spot.

Pioli never really change from the 4-2-3-1 formation that brought the team so much success, and therefore one of the duo has practically always played from the beginning. Even for the game against Fiorentina, Saelemaekers and Messias are in a battle to start.

Looking at the date, the Brazilian has played a total of 1629 minutes so far, and has scored 6 goals. The Belgian meanwhile has 2292 minutes, scoring only 2 goals but adding 3 assists. It must be said that these are uninspiring numbers that are making the club think ahead of next season and the summer window.

Messias has started more than Saelemaekers in recent weeks as the latter has struggled for the end product that could really reward the hard work he puts in on the field. Pioli has lately been preferring the Crotone loanee, but he is 9 years older and that will also be factored in to the decision on his option to buy.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Junior Messias


  1. Salad is young and does have speed and technique, but his head is not screwed on straight. Considering under how much pressure Milan will be playing next season both in the Serie A and UCL, maybe a loan at a mid table big league club could do him some good. Help him focus and get his confidence back.

  2. Right now we need to focus on winning Scudetto. Let’s talk about getting rid of them for next year after this season is over.

    Also, right now, starting Rebic on RW is a better option than either of these 2 players. I wish Pioli would start him there vs La Viola — PLEASE!

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