The 2022 summer transfer window yielded very little for AC Milan in terms of new signings making big contributions, but Malick Thiaw bucked that trend.
This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews) recall how Thiaw arrived last summer from Schalke 04 in a deal that was worth €8.5m and although he didn’t get much playing time before the World Cup, his rise began in January.
The transition to a three-man defence saw the 21-year-old begin to enter Stefano Pioli’s plans, and fast-forwarding to now he has become a starter in the season finale.
The German centre-back first took Pierre Kalulu’s starting spot and then also Simon Kjaer’s, becoming the new fixed partner of Fikayo Tomori in the centre of the Rossoneri’s defence.
Thiaw has now become a staple of Pioli’s team and that will continue into next season. The growth of the German international has been evident and this has also led to an increase in his value, which is now €20-22m.