GdS: Belgian trio fail to convince in Bologna as questions grow ahead of the summer

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli made the decision to rely upon Charles De Ketelaere and Divock Origi for the game against Bologna, and it did not yield the desired results.

A piece in this morning’s La Gazzetta dello Sport starts with a rather striking sentence: ‘The Brussels Stock Exchange is officially closed due to excessive downtrend’. De Ketelaere and Origi played a match that was once again a summary of their season so far.

The playmaker seemed to be hiding as always and as always he didn’t show a moment of grit, and while it is understandable that there might be little disorientation after months on the bench, but it is unthinkable that the an attacking midfielder for Milan could create nothing, fail to link-up much with his team-mates and cause no problems with runs.

Origi instead remained on an island too, completing 9 passes in 70 minutes, with a cross and a shot on goal all that he had to show. Even when Rebic crossed well from the left – perhaps his best play of the game – Divock did not show up.

Pioli replaced both in the 70th minute, with De Ketelaere and Origi having played 1,800 minutes overall. Massimo Ambrosini, the former captain of Milan, said before the start: “The Milan boys have no alibi, they have to go out there and do well.”

At this point, it is natural to wonder what future the two will have at Milan. The forecast for Napoli is logical: both of them are likely to play very little or not at all against Napoli, and with the top four race on a knife edge Pioli will trust those he has more guarantees from.

CDK cost Milan €32m plus €3m in bonuses which means it is probable that Milan will give him another chance. Origi and the club, on the other hand, have made it known that they want to continue together but he earns €3.5-4m net per season.

Moreover, there are teams in the Premier League that could sign him either permanently or on loan, which therefore seems a logical hypothesis in the event that a separation is deemed best by all parties.

Finally, Aster Vranckx was a starter in Serie A for the first time, and though he didn’t play particularly well or particularly badly he did not stand out either. Milan have to pay €12m to sign him outright in the summer, with the management continuing to evaluate.

Tags AC Milan Charles De Ketelaere Divock Origi


  1. “Origi and the club, on the other hand, have made it known that they want to continue together but he earns €3.5-4m net per season”are guys that wrote this on crack or something Maldini and Comp want do get rid of him the sonner the better!

  2. Origi needs to go, bringing him was a terible choise from the start. I said it back then and i am saying it again. In his best ever season he has scored 9goals, on average i think he scored like 5goals per season, nothing special really. In Liverpool he was 3rd choice striker. I really don’t know why Maldini brought this guy for such a big sallary. Didn’t he look at the stats of Origi’s previous seasons? Just as a comparison for ruffly the same salary we could have gotten Paolo Dyabala who can play as a AM/RW and has scored 15goals and made 8assists for Roma this season. He is literally the guy who carrys Roma in top 4. We missed on a world class player to get a 3rd choise striker smh. As for CDK he needs to be tried in other position sinse as an AM he dosen’t work for sure. Vranks hasn’t played enough to be judged.

    1. It’s shocking to me as well given Origi stats that Maldini would think he would be a good signing. The numbers don’t lie and between Maldini and Massara I would think at least one of them would have suggested that this was a horrible choice.

      In my opinion Milan should gone for Dybala and Belotti instead of Origi and De Ketelaere.

      The 35m for de Ketelaere could have been used to sign Amrabat as Kessie replacement.

      Vranckx is a waste of money and he adds nothing to the team. We should not sign even sign him for free if that’s an option.

      I hate to say this but last summer mercato is clear proof that maldini and Massara are incompetent on making the right decisions to sign the players we need to improve the squad.

      Milan need a new sporting director to make this project work. With the right signing of Dybala, Amrabat and Belotti we could have challenged for the scudetto this season instead of talking about finishing in the top four. SMH

      1. You are absoloutley correct. I think only with Dyabala we would have already been in a position to challenge for the Scudeto.

  3. Origi came with injuries. CDK came with a kaka tag. Poli made it worse by not trusting them in earlier games. Take another bet, let them have a 2nd game in a row.

  4. I’ve made a point of watching every game Daniel Maldini has played since he scored against Inter.

    He is a better player than CDK with very similar physical characteristics, maybe an inch shorter but quicker.

    If Maldid wasn’t growing up in the Serie A and played in Belgium his superiority would be widely recognised.

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