MN: Milan insist on current squad but data reveals flaws – a new striker would only help

By Isak Möller -

Milan have certainly experienced some struggles up front this season, between injuries and disappointing performances. Despite this, the Rossoneri directors have made it clear that a striker isn’t a priority in January. 

As highlighted by MilanNews, the Rossoneri have played 14 leagues games, 6 in the Europa League and 3 in the qualifiers. That makes for a total of 23 games, more than a third of what they will between now and the end of May.

Analyzing the data of the minutes, the most used players are the strong ones that have few alternatives, such as Theo Hernandez (1830 minutes). It also reveals, however, that the three strikers have accumulated just 2526′ (plus 273′ by Lorenzo Colombo).

None of the strikers are included in the most used XI (see here), which is the result of physical problems. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao have only been available together on three occasions – against Udinese, Lille and Verona.

Three times out of 23 games, just over 10%. When evaluating the need or not to buy another striker, with the concern that the department may become overcrowded, we must keep this statistic in mind.

Furthermore, it must be mentioned Leao and Rebic are both more comfortable playing on the left-wing. Hopefully, there won’t be as many injuries from now until May, but the situation is still a bit worrying for the Rossoneri.

The signing of Sandro Tonali meant that the minutes of Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer could be split by three. The fact is that the former Brescia man, although not always starting as a starter, has exceeded a thousand minutes in the season.

Another striker would not create problems in terms of numbers, but rather guarantee more chances of healthy rotation that could limit injuries. And with what is at stake, with Milan currently in first place, a new striker would only help.

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Tags AC Milan Ante Rebic Rafael Leao Zlatan Ibrahimovic