MN: Pioli to benefit from a more complete squad – defence and midfield bolstered

By Oliver Fisher -

While there are some question marks about what might have been for AC Milan in the transfer market, the club have bolstered two departments well.

MilanNews have provided a recap of the window by praising the work done by the management to get the defence in place from both a numerical and a qualitative point of view. Fikayo Tomori and Simon Kjaer will occupy the starting positions, with Alessio Romagnoli as the first substitute and Matteo Gabbia the second.

In September last year there was no other centre-back of quality ready to step in, and the €28m spent on Tomori should not be written off as trivial given that it was one of the highest fees paid in the whole of Serie A.

Last season there was only Diogo Dalot as the back-up for both full-back positions but this season Pioli can call upon Alessandro Florenzi for the right side and Fode Ballo-Tourè for the left, with low-cost and low-risk investments completed to bring them to San Siro.

There is also a more complete and more balanced midfield too. Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer are the starters, but then Sandro Tonali and Tiemoue Bakayoko are alternatives that offer guarantees, with Rade Krunic possibly usable in that area of ​​the pitch based on the first two games. Yacine Adli was secured ahead of next summer too.

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