SempreMilan’s Player of the Month for April: Midfielder scoops award ahead of defensive duo

By Ivan Stoev -

April was most certainly not the happiest of months for Rossoneri fans as the easy on paper schedule resulted in seven points dropped, intensifying the race for top four. 

Dropping out of the Europa League after two very good games against Manchester United where most of the team was absent meant that Milan could focus on Serie A, welcoming most of the injured players back in early April with the expectations of sliding though this relatively easy schedule.

However, things went south very fast as the team did not really impress when winning and were certainly very disappointing when losing. A draw against Sampdoria and defeats against Sassuolo and Lazio temporarily left Milan in fifth position just two months after being top of the table.

Needless to say the individual performances haven’t really been impressive, but let’s see the top three performing players…

3. Simon Kjaer – Average rating: 6.1

Kjaer occupies the third spot for a second consecutive month despite his average rating falling drastically from 6.75 to just 6.1. Ratings aside, it’s fair to say that the Dane has been the most consistent defender for Milan this year alongside Davide Calabria on the right flank.

Kjaer hasn’t really had stand-out performances compared to Tomori, but he has been maintaining a high level throughout the whole season and deservedly is one of the top three players for the month.

2. Gianluigi Donnarumma – Average rating: 6.2

In second spot is Donnarumma and that probably says a lot for Milan’s month when a goalkeeper with zero clean sheets is so high in the rankings. The month has been full of drama for Gigio as his renewal saga continues off the pitch and he hasn’t really justified his agent’s high salary demands after being sloppy on a few occasions.

But transfers and money aside, Gigio was also crucial in several key moments keeping his team in the game, preserving leads and making some key stops, therefore grabbing this month’s second spot.

1. Franck Kessie – Average rating 6.4

Kessie was second last month but grabs the first spot this time around as he has been the most consistent player in April. The Ivorian was far from his previous best that we have seen this season, but compared to his team-mates he somehow managed to stand out yet again.

Kessie has been a dominant force in Milan’s midfield, but a recent drop in form isn’t really surprising as he has played 33 league games thus far in the season being number one in minutes played and it is hard to really expect him to be well rested and full of energy at this point. Despite this, he has had an amazing season so far and continues to be a pillar in the midfield.

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Tags AC Milan Franck Kessie Gianluigi Donnarumma Simon Kjaer
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