Tuttosport: Decision made on future of Pobega and Thiaw ahead of the summer

By Oliver Fisher -

Malick Thiaw and Tommaso Pobega both arrived at Milanello last summer hoping to carve out a place, and both have succeeded in convincing the club.

As reported by today’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan), the centre-back and the midfielder have impressed Stefano Pioli, his coaching staff and the directors Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara with their contributions this season.

As a result, both will be part of the Rossoneri’s future starting from next season, which puts to bed any rumours that Pobega, for example, could be sold to generate a capital gain.

Thiaw had a physiological period of acclimatisation and adaptation after arriving from Schalke but when Milan collapsed in January he was ready to step up and has really established himself in the second half of the season.

The growth of Pobega has also been a positive note, who over the course of the year has been able to carve out a role as a reliable alternative both in the double pivot and as a box-to-box attacking midfielder.

Tags AC Milan Malick Thiaw Tommaso Pobega


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  1. Totally agree. Despite what people are saying here all the time Pobega has real contribution and solid in a sharp contrast to Adli, CDK and contributed more than all of the summer signings except Thiaw (who is awesome). So great decision for both! Expect them getting more minutes next season. Much more.

    1. I agree. Pobega is far from the lousy player some people around here tries to paint him as. He is dual footed and a physical strong player but people will complaint as they always will do,
      He has also played a combined 26 matches scoring 3 times over 1082 minutes which equals to 12.0222 full matches played, Thats not bad stats at all and several of his goals this season has been quite important,

      1. Well said!

        Pobega deserves to have more playing time, IMHO. He can be our new Ambrosini in this team with a inclination to score and strong fighting spirit.

        Hope Pioli will put more faith in him and give him more playing time.

    2. I agree. I think Thiaw has been a lone bright light in the mercato for us. Pobega needs to play more – he’s certainly more consistent than Diaz and CDK, even if he’s not a AM.

    1. i want pobega, he is good and will only get better.
      He always brings a lot on enery on the pitch but will need to work on his decision making and technical skillz

    2. Not sure Ivan Juric agrees.

      I think Pobega can be a modern day Ambrosini. That’s is a role / depth player. Primarily third string.

      He spent all season trying to play a previously foreign DM role. The last 3 time he started he looked much better. It means he can play all 3 central midfield roles.

      I think he can get to the levelof Krunic with more physical presence.

  2. Sure, that’s why we’re linked with RLC and why Krunic was preferred in recent weeks. Pobega is too slow and too reckless. He’s a Torino level player.

  3. Pobega will never be a top class player, but he is more than good enough to be reliable cover. He is this generations Christian Brocchi, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    Thiaw will be world class. What a find!

  4. Hahahaha I mean come on. Who we trying to fool here?
    Slowbega..growth? He had a much better season at Torino but that also not saying much. To me he regressed. The new Kessie is far far too slow.

  5. Thiaw has definitely impressed – BUT Poegba has impressed??? LOLOLO. Hilarious. Poegba is a limited mid that lacks speed and creativity has average ball control and isn’t overly physical despite his size – we should swap him with Singo if Torino are still in love with him. He had no role. Not good enough for ACM or DM and average box to box mid. Back up player and occasional starter vs lose clubs. Only reason to keep him is he’s Italian for the quota

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