GdS: The six Primavera talents Pioli has launched and where they are now

By Oliver Fisher -

On Thursday night in the Coppa Italia win against Genoa at San Siro, Emil Roback became the latest young talent to be used by head coach Stefano Pioli.

La Gazzetta dello Sport writes how Pioli has a reputation for spotting talent and launching those players in the right way, as seen through the likes of Cataldi, Vlahovic, Sottil, Pinamonti and many others during his times with Lazio, Fiorentina and Inter.

The first young player made to make his Milan debut under Pioli was Daniel Maldini in February 2020 against Verona, and he has since gone on to make 22 appearances for the club, with his most recent being a start in the Genoa game this week.

Then there is Lorenzo Colombo, who made his debut on 12 June 2020, playing five minutes against Juventus in the semi-final of the Coppa Italia. From there he made 11 appearances and scored a goal against Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League qualifiers before going on loan to Cremonese and now to SPAL, where he has 6 goals in 18 games.

Marco Brescianini came on for the last half hour of Milan-Cagliari 3-0 back in August 2020, therefore making his debut in the last games of the post-lockdown season. Last year he went on loan to Virtus Entella scoring 2 goals in Serie B and today he plays at Berlusconi’s Monza (with 6 appearances).

Giacomo Olzer is another who made his debut under Pioli in the Coppa Italia as he came on for a quarter of an hour in the second round against Torino last season, which Milan won 5-4 on penalties. In the summer it was sold to Brescia as part of the Tonali deal (valued at 3 million) and has not started a game for them yet, while Milan have a buy-back clause in case he explodes.

Luca Stanga is another Primavera graduate who made his debut under Pioli but he did so this season, coming on against Venezia. He can play as a full-back or a centre-back and has good technique, meaning he could be a useful wild card for the future. He ‘attends university and loves the mountains’, with Pioli a big admirer of his.

Finally, Emil Roback got a runout in the final stages of Milan-Genoa on Thursday. He is a mobile centre-forward who has 16 games and 6 goals for the Primavera. The 18-year-old arrived in 2020 for €2m from Hammarby, is inspired by Thierry Henry and prepares for games by watching his highlights.

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Tags AC Milan Daniel Maldini Emil Roback Giacomo Olzer Lorenzo Colombo Marco Brescianini


  1. Labeed says:

    I believe this will be in Milan’s best interest to give a chance for at least two of their primavera players. First, it will provide a great incentive to the youngsters to perform well because they will see if they excel they will move up to the first team. Second, Milan have already invested in youngsters such as Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao and Theo, Why not give the same chance to Milan academy player and enjoy their growth.
    Third, some other teams would be happy to buy these players just because they grew up in Milan’s academy because they trust Milan. This means more money coming in.

    1. SheerWill96 says:

      I see your point but I don’t think Pioli is in a position where he can give chances to the youngsters. He has steadies a sinking ship though some may not agree and the next step should be winning a trophy. That’s how he’s going to be judged. At Fiorentina or Lazio there wasn’t much pressure to win trophies hence he could afford to bet on youngsters but when you coach at a club of Milan’s pedigree, you know you can only afford to play your best stsrs. All I’m saying in essence is that I totally agree with you and yeah how are we going to develop our own Vlahovic without giving them chances but right now, we’re still in the Scudetto race and we can only bet on the first teamers.

      1. ForzaMilan says:

        “He has steadies a sinking ship though some may not agree and the next step should be winning a trophy. That’s how he’s going to be judged.”

        1. Pioli didn’t get enough high quality players to compete for a trophy. Just look at the strikers: two old man and one youngster all with injury prone. Sure Ibra and Giroud still pretty good but you can’t dismiss the fact that they at the end of their career.

        2. Outside clueless Milan fans with unreal expectations, no one gonna judge Pioli as a failure if this season Milan didn’t win a scudetto. Milan management themself only target for Top 4 aka qualify for Champions League. Even Maldini admit Milan youngsters still needs at least 2-3 more years to mature if they want to compete for scudetto.

  2. Joel Serrano says:

    I think that there is a problem with Milan academy. Hungry to win & speed, with out speed & hungry you be 2nd, 3rd or mid or lower table player. Gabbia & Kalulu the beest they. Can do like any best defense is tied the game you win the games up from.

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