Tuttosport: Milan need a Van Bommel-esque player for the midfield

By Isak Möller -

The pre-season tour USA highlighted some concerns for Milan and mainly in midfield, where they are lacking a defensive figure. The Rossoneri could use a Mark van Bommel-esque player, as highlighted by a newspaper. 

Stefano Pioli has been using Rade Krunic in the deep-lying role so far and while the Bosnian can do the job, he perhaps shouldn’t be the starter. The Bosnian can play in many positions and it’s thus better to have him as an all-round option.

As highlighted by today’s edition of Tuttosport (see photo below), it’s become very clear what type of players Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tijjani Reijnders are. The Englishman is a classic box-to-box midfielder, while the Dutchman has playmaking and movement skills that fit well with the position to the left in the 4-3-3 formation.

Yunus Musah will sign his contract with Milan tomorrow but as things stand, he will most likely be an option for either side of the midfield, or one of two midfielders in a tandem (4-2-3-1). In short, a proper deep-lying midfielder is still missing given Ismael Bennacer’s injury.

Milan need a ‘man of order’ who can focus on the defensive work but also display good passing. A player like that has always been present in the successful years, such as Rijkaard, Desailly, Pirlo when he played deep and his successor, Mark van Bommel. A type of player that Pioli would play every game.

Van Bommel was the deep-lying midfielder for Milan between 2011-12 and won two trophies with the club (Scudetto and Super Cup).

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      1. Dominguez has the Serie A experience at the age of 25 while Redondo doesn’t but he at 20 already looks incredible and the definition of a regista

        1. Redondo jnr looks an outstanding. Gotta be a way we can sign him now and leave him on loan for a year or so. He’s got everything to be world class, next Busquets or even as good as his father Fernando.

      1. That was such a sad and unfortunate story indeed, but he was really classy by refusing his salaries during his time being sidelined.

  1. Good luck finding someone like that nowadays, we already had two flops with Biglia and DeJong when trying to finde a player like that.

    1. The Chelsea rejects are the big problem. There’s logic in signing the other players, there’s none in blowing €35 million on those 2. Now this buffoon is trying to sell Krunic, who is a good squad player and the others that aren’t wanted to bring in a DM, and we still don’t have a CF.

      1. Manchester city bought Chelsea reject. They may not suited the playing style. Due to high salary and expectations premier don’t like to purchase on their league.

  2. Yeh I remember that clown Allegri benching Pirlo for Van Bommel. Why they couldn’t both play in the same formation is anyone’s guess. Could do with MVB right now though for sure.

  3. Koopmeiners. If too expensive then Ricci. If Pioli continue to not ask for a proper regista and manages to convince the management that Krunic will do the job, we’ll see hell before Bennacer is back and ready again.

      1. I’ve only been following Milan News.. Too bad if Ricci is that closed to Lazio. However in reality Milan haven’t even been that linked with him.. Just a wishful one for me. Love his playmaking skills. Sarr could make him a Jorginho!

  4. That’s how you know a good and Ingenuine coach … With all the already bought players ! This haverage coach wouldn’t know how to make a team out of his ingredient but rather looking for individual players! Simeone inzaghi has probably won more than this man could ever won in his ever managerial career! I’m not comparing but a seriously talented manager will make a success out of what you are given!…why must the whole world knows you want to play 433…can’t you just be unpredictable in style rather than stick to one way traffic of playing! Oh Lord have mercy with this Pioli or whatever he calls himself

    1. Look at Pioli’s wikipedia page and see his track record with other teams. He was always sacked early. What did they see that Milan doesn’t see? With all those purchases, the greatest purchase for a chance of scudetto would be quality coach.

    2. O pioli been pulling miracles out of this team for the last 3 years.. he is not the best coach but he did better than expected and better than most would with limited resources.
      Now look at Jose at Roma. He is a coach that won it all, right? What has he done with Roma so far with limited resources?

    3. The difference is that Inzaghi will never, put his hands on a Serie A trophy.. Oh gosh, only trophies he has won are Supercoppa and Coppa Italia! Stop overhyping him, as if he is Guardiola or Zidane..

  5. the players brought in by milan are all good on the offensive side, but not good enough to defend especially when they lose the ball, there are no midfield players who quickly recover the ball. I miss Kessie and Gattuso too

  6. This had been determined last season, when Kessie left, that our defense was exposed and our midfield lacked the balance required to be competitive as well as effective is all phases of the game, including our transitions from defense to attack then the other way in recovery phases when being countered.

    Bennacer is not offering any certainty with his injuries for this year, we actually need two players with complete profiles for defensive and playmaking capabilities. This had to be our primary targets this offseason and with only a month left to integrate these players, we have another unmitigated disaster in waiting for the start of our season.

    We made nice additions to the front end, but created gaping holes in our midfield last three years. Especially this summer.

    Bennacer cannot be expected to offer solutions near the mid or end of season after not playing for over 10 months, that is completely reckless and ill advised approach to adopt.

  7. M.maignan
    Calabria,Kjaer,tomori, Hernandez
    Krunic, rejinder
    Sub Romero will support chukwueze,then pulisic for musah, saelermakers for leao Geroud for Okafor then Bartasaghi for Hernandez then Florenzi for Calabria then kalulu and thiaw for Kjaer and tomori (4-2-3-1) formation very easy as with our deep pressing to the opponents we can scores More goals very easy without stress at all not the 4-3-3 because we are not use to it no need for us to sign defenders because our defence are complete the only signing we can do is just the defensive midfield either Morten holjmand or Nicolas Dominguez finished

  8. That’s it media, keep up the pressure, demand more and more and more and more transfers.

    Never give up.

    And definitely don’t investigate where there money is coming from, or who gets paid.

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