MN: Pioli can’t justify leaving out Chelsea loanee – options for Milan vs. Inter

By Isak Möller -

There is a reason most Chelsea fans were upset to let Fikayo Tomori leave on loan in January, and we are starting to see that now. The centre-back has impressed in his first weeks at Milan. 

He came off the bench against Spezia last night and he was one of the few Rossoneri players that passed the game. As MilanNews highlight, he’s the man of the moment and a player that Stefano Pioli can’t justify leaving out.

Tomori has adapted quickly to Milan’s style of play and did well early on, even in the game against Inter. He’s starting to earn a spot in the starting XI, even though Simon Kjaer has recovered from his injury struggles.

Unlike the Dane, the No.23 has an advantage against most strikers thanks to his pace and a dynamic that is hard to find in centre-backs. What he lacks in positioning, compared to Kjaer, he certainly makes up for that way.

So, who should start vs. Inter? Captain Alessio Romagnoli will have to recover from the poor display last night. In fact, seeing Kjaer and Tomori on the pitch isn’t a remote option, though the former Roma man has better passing than the Chelsea loanee.

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Tags AC Milan Alessio Romagnoli Fikayo Tomori Simon Kjaer


  1. Tomori option must be exercised and made permanent. He is a steal and future of our CB. Romagnoli has been disappointing all season and last imo and must seriously improve his play to justify a huge salary increase he is requesting. He’s the captain and must play at a more higher level on a consistent basis. Not acceptable to have player ratings between 5-6.5 every game. Must expect more from our Captain.

  2. How many times i said that romagnoli is not fit on milan who have a plan to play in CL and become scudetto. He can play at dark age but now romagnoli cant keep up his level. Even calabria and gabbia defend better than him by statistic. Hope pioli can keep up his level to champion level, he also face a problem that he cant solve

  3. Kjaer as good as he is reading the game is too slow for Lukaku and Martinez. The better pairing would be Romagnoli-Timori for that game. What Tomori lacks in terms of reading relative to Kjaer he more than makes up for it in terms of pace.
    Matter of fact the future pairing should really be Gabbia Tomori

    1. People always push this Kjær v Tomori comparison for the CB spot. Romagnoli has been disastrous against teams which press and exhibit pace and quick passing in the half spaces. Romagnoli was turned inside out and upside down by technical/quick players all throughout the season. If there’s anyone who should be justifying his selection, it’s the captain.
      Kjær and Tomori has complementary abilities. Kjær does what Alessio does, but better and has way better passing, while Tomori can make up for the lack of explosive pace in Kjær. Tomori-Kjær could be the CB duo that pushes us through the latter stages of this season.
      But I doubt that the “captain” will be dropped.

      1. You failed to read my comment. I said for the Inter-Milan game the better pairing would be Timori-Romagnoli. Matter of fact Tomori-Kalulu would be best for pace but the pairing would lack in experience so that’s why Romagnoli gets the nod for all.his shortcomings this season. Kjaer WILL NOT keep up with either of Lukaku or Martinez. Romagnoli at least would be able to neutralize the physicality of Lukaku and Tomori the pace of Martinez.

        I was saying over the long run through the established pairing would be Gabbia-Timori. Can’t wait for when Romagnoli discovers form again and these comments disappear

  4. This was like watching a Sunday League side playing after a couple of beers. Passing, control, passion and know-how were all absent. I agree with others here, that Romagnoli has been a metre short all season and has made Kjaer look good alongside him. The worst player on the pitch was Dalot, although it was close!. My eleven for Inter – Donnarumma; Kalalu, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez, Bennacer, Kessie (c), Calabria, Calhanoglu, Rebic, Ibra.

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