SM: Two players considered to replace Theo vs. Empoli – Pioli’s choice could give a market signal

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli has a few selection decisions to make ahead of the visit of Empoli to San Siro on Saturday, and one of them is who will replace Theo Hernandez.

Theo will serve his third suspension of the season so Pioli is therefore thinking about his replacement on the left side. The first choice should be Fodé Ballo Toure as the only other natural left-back in the squad, but our colleagues at report that the most credible solution at the moment seems to be Alessandro Florenzi playing there.

A possible strong signal

Ballo-Toure has made 11 appearances for the Rossoneri this season with most of them being unconvincing performances. The fact is that a player needing time to adapt to a new league is normal and can be difficult at times, but if he were to not feature on Saturday it could be a big indication regarding his future.

Florenzi is the man in the best shape right now which certainly helps but he hardly has an extensive history of playing on the opposite side to his usual position, so if he were chosen it would confirm that Ballo-Touré is unlikely to be kept by the Rossoneri for next season.

His last appearance with the Rossoneri dates back to the first match against Napoli – the 1-0 defeat at San Siro – and since then he won the African Cup of Nations with Senegal but sustained injury during the competition.

Tags AC Milan Alessandro Florenzi Fode Ballo-Toure
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