MN: De Ketelaere seeks redemption and could replace Diaz against Monza

By Isak Möller -

Charles De Ketelaere is still waiting for his first AC Milan goal and after a missed opportunity against Tottenham, he will want redemption against Monza. In fact, he could play from the first minute. 

The Belgian has struggled to impose himself at Milan and while it has been a tough period, there have been some positive signs. Last time out, though, he missed a very good opportunity from close range.

On Saturday, he could perhaps get his revenge as Stefano Pioli is considering starting him in attack, as per MilanNews. De Ketelaere would replace Brahim Diaz in that case, which might seem odd given the latter’s recent contributions.

De Ketelaere needs confidence and the only way to get it is to play. Malick Thiaw has blossomed in the last few weeks and Pioli surely has this in the back of his head, knowing that the former Club Brugge man has the qualities to explode as well.

Tags AC Milan Charles De Ketelaere Monza


  1. Diaz is going back to Madrid. Maldini will not take out $20M to buy an average player.
    Poli have to start giving more starts to Cdk.

  2. anone wonder why young players having to wait to play have a bigger impact earlier than those who are thrust straight in?

    Compare the introduction of players who had to wait for an opportunity as opposed to those who didn’t. Kalulu / Thiaw / Leao as opposed to that of CDK. I understand that price tag has certain expectations but he needs time to adjust to a different role, learning a different language, living in a different country, at a club with a different history and much higher expectations.

    Everyone hammers Pioli about not giving youngsters a chance or waiting too long for them to be ready but every time he has had the time to allow them to acclimatise to the squad and give them the conditions they need to succeed they have performed from the first moment.

    Young players need to be protected and introduced at the right moment and Pioli is the perfect man for this.

    1. There’s no one-solution-fits-all for new players. Some would settle right away, like Kvara at Napoli. Some needs a few matches to get it going (Leao), some might not even settle at all.

      One issue I often find with CDK is that he was taken out too soon, or introduced too late. He hasn’t even completed a full 90′ game in Serie A ffs. And since November he featured 9 times, and 45 minutes is the MOST he got on the field. How are you supposed to get into rhythm? Those who just read the face value – he has 18 appearances in Serie A for a whopping 1 assist – need to scrape through the surface.

      The media also doesn’t help, and of course they would sell papers by blasting some expensive kid as a flop.

      I love Pioli and trust him, but sometimes I wish he is more patient to CDK as compared to Diaz. He didn’t take Diaz off at half time for playing like crap, but he did so to CDK, when his performance was decent.

      Hopefully he’ll find his footings soon, but I also wish the fans to hold their judgements until he has a decent run (several 90mins matches in the row). Until then, IMHO the jury is still out.

  3. Starting CDK would be a huge gesture of trust. He started off well but hit a serious mental block. It was good sign to see him still get involved after his big miss. Hope he has a breakout game.

    On another note, I don’t understand the some fans’ attitude towards Diaz. Say what you want about his inconsistency, but he’s young, talented, works hard, and doesn’t shy away from trying to make things happen. He seems to really love the club.

  4. The guy is full of skills but that’s not enough in the Italian league, physicality is a must in Serie A. I’m sure once he gets more aggressive he will adapt & do much better. Remember Tonali’s & Leao’s situation during their first season, they were too soft at the beginning until they both got aggressive. The coaches around him must work on that part. Forza Milan 🔴⚫️

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