MN: A key tactical cog drawing Boateng comparisons – Loftus-Cheek in his element at Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was one of the first signings that AC Milan made during the summer transfer window, and when he’s fit he has been virtually undroppable for Stefano Pioli.

MilanNews begin an article on Loftus-Cheek by highlighting his importance from a tactical point of view given that he has a hybrid role on the pitch, with characteristics capable of changing during the match and combining the right amount of quality and work rate.

The importance of the Englishman is visible to everyone, with Milan who – thanks to the physical size of the former Chelsea player – are capable of creating density in the middle of the pitch, while he is often seen acting as a filter between midfield and attack.

Those perfectly-timed runs into the box are becoming a habit, too. In the last two goals he scored – against Empoli and Udinese – we saw a similar pattern of a move down the left side and a lovely finish from a central area by RLC.

His quality allows Milan to be able to play more balls in many key areas of the pitch, with the potential to create scoring opportunities through disrupting the opponent’s defensive phase.

Loftus-Cheek admitted himself that he was at his best under Maurizio Sarri given he scored 13 goals in that full season under him, while in 2023-24 he has three goals and all were in away Serie A games (Cagliari, Empoli and Udinese).

However, he also won a penalty against Roma away from home and he provided an assist during the victory over Torino back in the second round of the season.

The words of Kevin-Prince Boateng have also reverberated around after he spoke so eloquently about the issue of racism in football, and also about Loftus-Cheek.

“Loftus-Cheek is very strong, he had already shown excellent things at Chelsea. Italy is perfect for Ruben, Serie A is missing a player with his qualities,” he said.

“He reminds me a bit of myself, but also Nainggolan. He’s a box-to-box player, he can score goals and assists, and he’s a warrior. He fits in this Milan well. But there’s only one like Prince Boateng!”

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  1. Real talk. Radja was a better player than princ and ruben combined. And off the 3 the one and only prince boateng is the weakest player

    1. You don’t know what you are saying calling Boateng weakest.. He was one of the most decisive players we had in the team when Milan won the last scudetto. And his impart in the champions league against Barcelona speaks a lot about his technical quality and physical strength

      1. Lololololol. Sure, he had one good season. Great accomplishments. He will go down in history as a titan of the game 4 sure

    2. Kevin Prince Boateng was the darling of Milanisti and even the entire African continent with Ghana. Classy player on his day esp on big CL nights and played with buckets of emotion and heart whenever he played. Plus the Michael Jackson routine after his contributions to the scudetto winning 2011 team forever cemented his status as a fan favourite at the San Siro. Ask any african about KPB and you will be surprised by the love he garners here! Same with the Red half of Milan I presume.

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