MN: From the Primavera to the first team – 19 league debuts for Milan since 2009-10

By Oliver Fisher -

With Matteo Gabbia’s appearance on Monday against Torino, Milan recorded the nineteenth debut in Serie A of a player from their youth sector.

As MilanNews note in their report, the average is almost two per year in terms of Primavera players who complete the jump to the senior side and actually make a league appearances.

Only in the 2012-13 and 2018-19 seasons was there not a single player promoted from the Primavera, but in every other year since 2009-10 – the season in which the youth sector was re-founded – there has always been at least one player who played their first minutes in the league.

The most prolific season in this respect was the 2014-15 campaign, with four debuts. Below is the complete list from the last decade…

2009-10
Andrea De Vito
Gianmarco Zigoni

2010-11
Alexander Merkel
Giacomo Beretta
Nnamadi Oduamadi

2011-12
Mattia De Sciglio

2013-14
Bryan Cristante
Andrea Petagna

2014-15
Davide Calabria
Gian Filippo Felicioli
Alessandro Mastalli
Davide Di Molfetta

2015-16
Gianluigi Donnarumma
Rodrigo Ely
Manuel Locatelli

2016-17
Patrick Cutrone

2017-18
Emanuele Torrasi

2019-20
Daniel Maldini
Matteo Gabbia

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