CorSport: Pioli to try De Ketelaere in a new role in search for positive signals

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are waiting for the right answers from Charles De Ketelaere and they hope tonight’s cup game could be an opportunity to finally hit form.

Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews) writes how in recent months, often on the eve or on the day of a Milan match, fans and the media have proclaimed that it will be the game that De Ketelaere will finally be unlocked.

However, tonight’s game could be his best opportunity yet as he will get another chance from the first minute and will play up front. On Sunday against Roma he came on in the last five minutes, therefore witnessing the collapse first hand, whereas tonight he will have much more playing time.

De Ketelaere has been entrusted with the role of deputy to Olivier Giroud who will be granted a deserved and necessary rest. The Rossoneri coach is without Divock Origi and Ante Rebic once again, so will turn the responsibility over to the Belgian.

The 21-year-old played several games with Club Brugge as a striker last year and will try to get that first goal to clear an obstacle mentally. De Ketelaere is the only striker in the Milan squad who hasn’t scored yet, and positive signals are expected soon.

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  1. Hope he plays well.
    Though i think playing as CF is one of the most high pressure positions. Given his lack of confidence a support role would be better.
    I can see him missing easy chances and then hiding away

  2. He isn’t a forward. Even at Brugge he didn’t play as CF really, even when he was in that position in the pre match lineups. He will still be good there, but he should be great next season in AMC. He hasn’t been at Milan for even 6 months, and people are harassing him. You did the same with Bennacer, Tonali, Leao etc. The issue is in your head, not the player…

  3. Agree with Jesus. He’s been with us for 6 months and people expect him to be the next wonder. Same ppl were screaming for Leao to be sold instead of Hauge. …. where is he now? Geez ppl. Give him time, He’ll follow the path of Tonali and Leao. Relax.

  4. He needs time like Leao and Tonali. Let’s see how much he improves next season. That being said, I don’t think he’s a striker and 16 goals in 48 Jupiter League matches is not that impressive either.

    He’s an attacking midfielder but if anything he’s more of a mezzala than a striker.

  5. The man is not a foward never will be .he is however a good creative player ..Giroud is a forward and always will be …Yes Olivier needs a rest ,as does Rafael leao ,who was far from his best last game ..Who did impress last game was salamakers,if only some of his desicion making in the final third was better ,but it will come ..I feel a rest for a few players will benefit us ,for the next game against lecce .
    Giroud will start to fire on all cylinders again very soon .Rafael leao will also be …so plenty to play for .
    I think we should win tonight regardless..
    We are still in the scuddeto race .it’s not over .
    We have plenty of trophies to win .

  6. Clearly Pioli has no clue about to be tactician. First, in Roma game replacing Giroud with DK to fail the team and player himself. Second. trying same thing is cop game, seems Pioli is sure he’ going to win the scudetto this yr!!! what an idiot

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