Alexis Saelemaekers is not used to the role of impact substitute, but last night against Venezia he came on and made a big difference.
Calciomercato.com recall how the Belgian arrived in January 2020 almost as an unknown from Anderlecht. Nobody knew how to pronounce his name in Italy and nor did anyone really know his best position, with some scouting reports saying he is better as a full-back, others suggesting he is a winger and other believing he is a playmaker.
In just over a year and a half, Saelemaekers became an irreplaceable player for Milan and also a Belgium international. Among his admirers was sporting director Ricky Massara, the man who saw him in Belgium and who pushed Milan to invest close to €8m in total when factoring in loan fee and buy-out option.
Saelemaekers has impressed everyone with his hard work, desire to learn plus his tactical and technical development. He is a precious resource and a guarantee on the right side while Milan wait to see the impact Junior Messias will have, as well as Samu Castillejo and Alessandro Florenzi.
Moreover, Saelemaekers is player who fits perfectly with Pioli’s idea of football, as he knows what it means to wear the Milan shirt. He’s not an eye-catching player, but he’s extremely useful and functional, and as seen with last night’s assist he is capable of making wonderful plays.
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What a player SALAMANDER is turning out to be!
His attacking play has started getting better.
He’s already a great asset for this team.
FORZA MILAN PER SEMPRE ♥️🖤