MN: Pioli and Ibra have revived the squad – those who have benefited the most

By Isak Möller -

Since the arrival of Stefano Pioli, and then Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the value of several Milan players has increased. From defence to attack, multiple players have stepped up in the second half of the season. 

As the world of football has been brought to a halt, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have reached a natural break where we can assess the season so far. Down below are the players that have benefited the most, as per MilanNews.it.

Theo Hernandez: The €20m paid to Real Madrid in the summer initially seemed like a lot, but it has turned out to be a complete bargain for the Rossoneri. When he arrived, Milan had three left-backs, but he quickly cemented a spot in the XI.

Despite the ankle injury that slowed him down during the summer, he has become a crucial player for the team, especially since the arrival of Pioli. Although he still needs work at the back, his strengths in attack are outstanding.

Current price tag: around €45m. 

Ismael Bennacer: The Algerian was among the most talented players in the 2018/19 Serie A with Empoli. Milan decided to focus on him as the regista in front of the defence, investing €16m.

After a somewhat difficult start, Bennacer has brought out his personality and, following the transition to 4-2-3-1, has grown in his performances. His only flaw remains the tendency to get booked, already at 12 yellow cards in 20 league games.

Current price tag: around €20m. 

Samu Castillejo: Since the arrival of Pioli, the Spaniard has displayed an impressive continuity in his performances, above all thanks to the increase in playing time. Of course, the departure of Suso allowed this.

At the beginning of the season, his value was just over €10m, but now it has increased. Although he might not be on the same level as Suso technically, his determination and grit have made up for that.

Current price tag: around €15m. 

Ante Rebic: Arriving Eintracht Frankfurt on a two-year loan in the summer, the Croatian looked very lost until the arrival of Ibrahimovic and the consequent formation change made by Pioli.

With 6 goals scored in the last 8 league games, he has been crucial as of late. It remains to be seen if Milan can lock him down on a permanent basis, as the German side are aiming high on the price tag (they want €35m).

Current price tag: around €25m. 

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