Alexis Saelemaekers may not be the most glamorous name in Serie A or indeed in Milan’s line-up, but he is one of the most important to his team.
As MilanNews writes, Saelemaekers arrived as an unknown from Anderlecht but in a year and a half he has forged himself as one of the most glorious clubs in the world. The scouting network identified him and the club chose to put faith in him, signing him on an initial loan deal, and from there he impressed enough to be signed permanently.
His work ethic and reputation as an efficient footballer have helped him become almost irreplaceable to Pioli. The Belgian, in games, does not venture into risky plays but always knows how to choose the best pass option or the right idea.
Saelemaekers’ work represents a fundamental aspect because it guarantees a constant contribution to both the defensive and offensive units, as he is able to cover lots of ground on the right wing. In last night’s match against Venezia for example the Belgian produced a great bit of dribbling and a splendid assist to Theo.
Add to that his professionalism, mental strength, humility and the desire to be available to the team are needed and Saelemaekers has all the qualities that are needed to become a starter at Milan.