MN: Milan’s rearguard has a bright future – the oldest member is 27

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have emerged from a very difficult month of January with a four-game winning run and a four-game clean sheet streak, meaning there are now new certainties.

MilanNews recall how the insertion of Malick Thiaw into the three-man defence has brought about a new resilience with his aerial dominance, ability in duels and even his ball-playing qualities. The return of Mike Maignan is a reason to celebrate too as he is a leader on the field and one of the best in his position in the world.

The rearguard could well be set for the future as Maignan is 27 years old which for a goalkeeper is still very young, with Pierre Kalulu (22 years old), Theo Hernandez (25), Thiaw (21) and Fikayo Tomori (25) forming a defensive line with an average age of 23.

These numbers also point to the excellent work on the market from the Maldini-Massara-Moncada trio who have made the most of the economic resources available to bet on talented players with the belief they will come good.

The Rossoneri have now become regarded as an ideal club for young players who will get the chance to grow and make a leap in quality. The budgets will only improve, thus meaning Milan are able to retain the young players who are exploding and further investments can be made too.

Tags AC Milan Fikayo Tomori Malick Thiaw Mike Maignan Pierre Kalulu


  1. Yes that is true. In year when Tomori arrived, Milan spent 93 million. After that season Milan spent less. So Malick Thiaw (for this moment) was best card to bet. There needs to pass a little bit more of time for him, because Kalulu is playing his second season.
    Unfortunately some striker as Lazetic and attacking midfielder as Adli and De Ketelaere didn’t prove yet but you never know, or they can be sold reaching the same amount of money of previously spent amount.
    There should be circulating every year new player, because some of current players never reach potential needed for bigger result, and you never know what next young investment will show.

  2. I agree on CDK and Adli, but we need to relax on Lazetic and give the kid time. He just turned 19 a month ago. What do people expect from him? he came to Milan basically from red star youth academy, with very little minutes in their 1st team. He needs 2 maybe 3 years on loan at some teams where he will play consistently, but he has a huge upside.
    Kalulu for example was 20 when he came to Milan from lyon youth team without any 1st team minutes at Lyon. Time and patience is needed with young players

    1. Very good example. And thats true… We need to be patience for these young players we have. I believe in them….

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