MN: Strong choices are needed as Kessie’s Milan form nears crisis territory

By Oliver Fisher -

Franck Kessie made the headlines again last night after he saw red against Atletico Madrid which turned the tide of the game.

MilanNews recalls how Cakir changed the game by deciding to send Kessie off as the Ivorian midfielder was booked twice within a 15-mnute spell, in both cases for fouls on Marcos Llorente. The first yellow came because he was holding the shirt Atletico Madrid player, who had escaped from his marker.

However, he seemed to be heading to the wing rather than further up the field, but the moment he went down the first yellow card of the match was awarded, in just the 15th minute. Indeed the second foul came when Llorente received the ball in midfield and turned a good 50 meters from Maignan’s goal, and Kessie scraped his right foot, which Cakir promptly punished with a second yellow.

It is not an easy period for Kessie at the moment as he has had a slow start to the season. The reasons for this are three-fold: his participation in the Olympics (which Milan granted) which meant he has a disrupted preseason, the injury that hit him on his return from Milanello and the contract situation looming over his head.

The report mentions that a strong decision is needed either from Kessie – such as finally deciding to renew – or from Pioli to bench him in favour of the Tonali-Bennacer pivot.

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  1. Kessie is no longer a Milan player in his mind. He wants a chill few months till African cup and then sign with who ever will pay him more.
    Pioli and Milan’s fault for still believe in him.

  2. Bench him until he finds some decent form and be able to actually contribute.
    Plus work actively towards a future without him by making him another example (the likes of Gigio and Calha) that there are even brighter days without them.
    So far Maldini & Co have been proved very successful the way they secured great replacements. This time just sell him on time to make some profit; if possible.

  3. He called himself “The president”, and I think he made up the whole story. Disliked him 2 seasons ago and I still dislike him, even if he signs for the same amount. I really hope they will sell him in January and we will get a Tonali-Bennacer pair, with Bakayoko as backup and another young player + Pobega from next season maybe.

  4. Benching Kessie at this point should be a no brainer, I don’t know what’s taking Pioli so long, and this doesn’t even have anything to do with his renewal anymore, he’s in very poor shape both physically, and tactically and also in terms of concentrations at the same time that there’s much better options in the team such as Bennacer and Tonali. Benching Kessie should be a pretty easy decision to make right now, even if he does renew, there are other players in much better form. I don’t get what the big deal is, the renewal saga if anything should make the decision of benching Kessie even easier for Pioli.

    1. Krunic and Baka are both injured. With 3 midfields available, I don’t think Pioli could bench him even if he wanted to. We’ll see what happens after the int break.

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