AC Milan had a mixed summer window before the 2019-20 season, one journalist claims, with two major successes and two ‘flops’ highlighted.
Milan’s owners Elliott Management have so far preferred a recruitment strategy centered around buying young players with high potential to develop and record capital gains on the balance sheet.
Six players arrived in the summer; namely Theo Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Rade Krunic, Leo Duarte, Rafael Leao and Ante Rebic – the oldest being 25.
However, the team stuttered out of the gates and Marco Giampaolo was sacked after just seven league games, with the young squad proving to be inconsistent and at times devoid of ideas.
Stefano Pioli has helped bring some personality to the group, but there are still a couple of players who stand above the rest and two who are struggling, one of whom arrived in January 2019.
Peppe Di Stefano spoke to Sky Italia, and this is what he had to say.
“The first is Theo Hernandez, who arrive for €20million euros now in my opinion is perhaps one of the best left-backs in Europe,” he said (via MilanNews).
“Then in second place I would put Rebic, from January to February many satisfactions and goals.
“Among the flops we have to put Paquetà, with Gattuso he was immovable and he conquered the national team. A year later he lost the starting shirt without finding continuity neither with Pioli nor with Giampaolo.
“Then we find above all Leao. Since Ibra arrived he has only started four times, he has become an extra player and not a player like the one whom Milan invested a lot in.”