AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has heaped praise on Tijjani Reijnders, calling him a ‘total midfielder’ because he excels in so many areas.
Reijnders was bought in the summer transfer window from AZ Alkmaar after negotiations between the clubs that took a while and were frustrating at times, but the parties eventually reached an agreement at €20m plus bonuses.
The Dutchman has already proven to be an important addition for Milan, given the sale of Sandro Tonali and Ismael Bennacer’s injury. He has been a dynamic figure on the left of the midfield three, often dictating the pace of games.
An excerpt of Mauro Suma’s podcast on the official AC Milan App featured Pioli talking about Reijnders, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.
“He’s an exceptional boy, a total midfielder who’s good at driving the ball with his head held high and capable of inserting himself into the spaces that the opposing defenses allow,” he said.
“I expect goals and a few more shots from him, he knows how to play in multiple roles and is a player of an important level.”
Reijnders started for the Netherlands against France yesterday, showing that he is taking great strides for club and country.