AC Milan seem to be factoring Tommaso Pobega into their future plans having been impressed by his performances out on loan with Torino this season, a report claims.
Calciomercato.com report how Pobega helped Milan on Sunday night as Torino secured a 1-1 draw with Inter meaning the Nerazzurri are now four points off top (albeit with a game in hand). The got the touch that freed Bremer to make it 1-0 and almost doubled the lead in the second half with a header.
However, there was even more to the 22-year-old’s performance that was to like, given that he was constantly trying to break play up, he was active in the defensive phase and in pressing high up the field, essentially showing his ‘hybrid’ attacking midfielder role.
It is a tactical evolution that now allows him to have a future also in Pioli’s ‘new’ Milan as per the report, given that the 4-2-3-1 which the Rossoneri have used for almost two years made them loan him out last summer.
Pobega was born as a mezzala, adapting him to a defensive midfielder or to being a pure attacking midfielder would have required time, work and consistent playing that was almost impossible for Milan to guarantee him.
Now the formation is switching between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3 with Kessie and Bennacer often on the same line and Tonali acting as a deeper-lying presence. This is the system that Pioli intends to use also next season, aiming to replace Kessie with Renato Sanches and to welcome Yacine Adli.
It is a system in which Pobega could also find space given his versatility and his strengths, and his presence would also be precious for the make-up of the squad lists for Serie A and European competitions given home-grown players are needed.
Torino want to try everything to keep him but Maldini and Massara plan to bring him back to Milanello this time to keep him, unless a huge bid comes in.