Brahim Diaz was not among AC Milan’s best performers on Sunday night during the win over Juvnetus, in an admittedly scrappy game.
As MilanNews writes, Brahim is a player who gives his soul on the pitch, running and fighting tirelessly, and for this reason Brahim is appreciated by Stefano Pioli and most of the fanbase despite his limitations.
However, taking a look at his numbers with Milan, since he has been in Italy he has amassed 18 goals and 14 assists in 123 appearances. That equates to one contribution to the goal every 216 minutes.
As a point of comparison, Hakan Calhanoglu – who was effectively replaced by Brahim after his transfer to Inter – racked up 32 goals and 48 assists in 172 appearances for Milan at an average of one goal contribution every 162 minutes.
The Turkish player was already often criticised for the inconsistency he showed and some supporters even celebrated his move to a major rival. On paper, Brahim is a downgrade.
The Real Madrid loanee is well liked at Milanello and he loves the club, while the will of the management is to try and keep him given he is still only 23 and has margins to grow. However, he must eventually give guarantees in terms of attacking production and level of performance, especially if Daichi Kamada arrives.