Pioli insists Leao has ‘improved a lot’ but highlights what ‘the last piece’ in his development is

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli has praised Rafael Leao for his development so far this season but believes he has another step to take.

Heading into his third season at the club now the feeling is that Leao must begin to show signs of consistency in his game. Despite being just 22 years of age he has shown an explosive amount of potential in both of his first two full seasons, but only in glimpses.

His early season form has been good again so far in the current campaign with two goals in the opening five Serie A games, but the challenges lie ahead still for a player that Milan invested over €25m to sign.

Pioli spoke to the media who gathered in the Milanello press room on the eve of Milan’s game against Spezia, answering a variety of questions with his comments relayed by MilanNews, and he was asked about what Rafael Leao can do to take his game up a level.

“The last piece will be to become more concrete in terms of assists and goals. He has improved a lot, he is more and more in the game, he is missing this piece, which is very important,” he said.

“When I found him on 8 July I found a different player, very eager to work and more mature. He is doing well on the left, that may be his favourite role.”

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