GdS: Milan face January decisions regarding young duo who need space to develop

By Oliver Fisher -

The January transfer window will not only be about potential signings for AC Milan but also streamlining the squad too, a report claims.

La Gazzetta dello Sport writes that Yacine Adli and Marko Lazetic are two players that might be impacted by the latter. There is no crazy urgency, but in the next 3-4 weeks a decision will have to be made on both.

Even if they have different roles, the feeling is that a departure on loan for both players in January can be ruled out, but there is the possibility that they both remain at Milanello beyond next month. Both played less than expected so far this season – especially Adli – but are back in the spotlight thanks to the ten days spent in Dubai and doing well in the friendlies.

Adli has been talked about a lot given Charles De Ketelaere’s difficulties with fans asking why he has not played more, perhaps receiving an answer in October when he started against Hellas Verona and had an anonymous performance.

In preseason, Adli showed his personality, technique and very clear ideas, but Pioli made it clear he was not ready for competitive matches both in terms of intensity and in terms of being tactically up to speed.

Up to now the attacking midfielder has amassed 113 minutes in four appearances, of which only one came as a starter. What will happen in January? If the player wants to try a new experience that ensures him good playing time, Milan will not object, also because the attacking midfielder role is already covered by De Ketelaere and Diaz.

In the case of Lazetic, on the other hand, the reflections of the management will have a greater impact because the Serb is only 18 years old, meaning he is a talent to be polished further. First and foremost the club that has to understand what the best path could be, but the role of centre-forward is not in excellent health given Zlatan Ibrahimovic is injured, Divock Origi has joined him and Olivier Giroud will be late back after playing in the World Cup final.

In the first part of the year, the former Red Star striker almost exclusively played in Ignazio Abate’s Primavera where – after a quiet start – he scored a goal in the Youth League, a hat-trick against Atalanta in the league, as well as three goals in three qualifying matches for U19 European Championships qualifying with his native Serbia.

In January the club need to evaluate what the best course of action will be for his development, perhaps with the prospect of a loan to a Serie B club.

Tags AC Milan Marko Lazetic Yacine Adli

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