GdS: The tops and flops from Maldini’s signings as Milan director

By Euan Burns -

AC Milan’s transfer business in the last handful of seasons has been largely praised with the club discovering some players that have risen to a new level with the Rossoneri.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Paolo Maldini’s time as Milan sporting director has seen a mixed bag of results when it comes to good or bad signings.

The newspaper classes the signings of Mike Maignan, Theo Hernandez, Pierre Kalulu, Sandro Tonali and Rafael Leao as being the major successes of Maldini’s time, which is hard to argue with.

They are all worth much more now than what Milan paid for them over the past few seasons and they help to form the spine of the team.

For the flops, they have picked out Malick Thiaw, who only joined the club in the summer and has had limited involvement so far. As well as him, there is the loan of Sergino Dest, Yacine Adli, Charles De Ketelaere and Divock Origi.

Considering all of these players are in their first season at the club, it may be unfair to label them as flops just yet.

Tags AC Milan Charles De Ketelaere Divock Origi Malick Thiaw Mike Maignan Paolo Maldini Pierre Kalulu Rafael Leao Sandro Tonali Sergino Dest theo hernandez Yacine Adli


  1. Funny. All the tops are here since at least two seasons and many of them (even Tonali and Leao) didn’t click in their first … patience!

  2. Would be nice if Adli, Thiaw & Vranckx were given as much chances as CDK, Dest & Origi. I mean… Look what this trio has done so far with the minutes they’ve played. I think we’ve seen enough of them to see what they can offer while the other three… 🙁

    1. Exactly, last 2 games scored zero conceded 7, not won in last 5 and pioli saying we don’t need new signings just recover the injured. No way origi or rebic come bk and don’t get injured again. What if giroud or leao get injured, we are screwed then!

      1. It doesn’t matter what Pioli says to the media.
        It only matters what he says to his players and the management. He probably asks for signings but Maldini keeps bringing players that either don’t fit the system Pioli uses or players that are not ready to play for a club like Milan.
        Not to mention that they lost his 2 favorite squad players over the last year and a half in Kessie and Hakan without replacing them.

    1. Welll… None of the three FIRST mentioned players have played enough to be considered a flop or not. The other three on the other hand… 😛

      1. Man I remember a year or two ago we were chasing a game and pioli subbed on leao and I remember going why tf u do that he’s useless. (He didn’t win us the game). But I think Cdk will be similar he has the talent, just needs that angry mentality like Brahim.
        Also, on a completely different note… why is bakayako not on the flop list?

  3. Bayern Munich got a new goalkeeper (Sommer) in 2 weeks.
    Maldini/Massara have not managed to find a good replacement for Tatarusanu in 2 years.
    Sad but true ….

    1. Who wouldn’t want to join Bayern? No short of cash, best team in Bundesliga (been that for many decades), always in UCL, exemplary run club etc.

      Whereas Milan… Yeah, let’s not go there.

  4. Aside Origi, the rest have not had much playing time. More so, most were brought in as additions, not what Maldini requested. You can’t pin this on him. Sanches, Botman, Bremer, Enzo Fernandez, Alvarez,.., are not in the list, just mediocre players brought in with what was available.

  5. Many successful clubs spent very big pre-season and produced a large number of redundants and flops compared to this.

    With the limited cheque Maldini got for his market also considering the fact some of his activities were based on hurried loans hurt by a limited budget

    ….Maldini has done well.

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