AC Milan’s lacklustre performance and dropped points against Udinese highlighted once again that the attacking department often lacks creativity and above all end product.
Calciomercato.com reports that in Serie A – when combining the goals and assists of the six most used players – the Milan trident (the trio behind the striker in the 4-2-3-1) have created a total of 21 goals (11 goals and 10 assists) which is four fewer than Napoli, who use the same system and actually have a game in hand.
Alexis Saelemaekers and Rade Krunic understand Stefano Pioli’s system and the need for balance, but they do not bring enough in goals and assists. Leao has 4 goals and 2 assists, while Rebic has 1 goal and 2 assists but has been injured. Brahim had a very strong start, with 3 goals and 3 assists but has struggled to maintain those levels, while Messias has only just got a run of games together.
Milan need to increase the quality and unpredictability of the department and the report mentions some options that are being monitored: Charles De Ketelaere (5 goals and 6 assists this season with Club Brugge), Brenden Aaronson (3 goals and 6 assists for Red Bull Salzburg) and Romain Faivre (7 goals and 5 assists in Ligue 1 with Brest).
At the moment however, the priorities for the winter transfer market are different with a centre-back the main issue to address then perhaps a striker and a midfielder. The attacking midfielder will probably be talked about more in view of June, but it cannot be ruled out that something is done next month.