AC Milan capped off their highest point tally since 2012-13. Here's my rating of the players who made that happen. The ratings are based on the quality of performances irrespective of the frequency of playing time. Have a look:
87.3% - Starting from November 2018 Gianluigi Donnarumma is the goalkeeper with the highest save in terms of percentage in top-5 European Leagues (min.3 apps). Safety. pic.twitter.com/jINGwa7qu2— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) February 5, 2019
Gigio had a monumental 2018/19 season. He restored his position as the most promising goalkeeper in the league and possibly the world following insanely high class performances that literally won games for Milan. He improved his passing games, his reflexes and his composure to deliver mature performances throughout the season. Possibly Milan’s overall MVP.
Reina played his role well. He was not spectacular but he was solid enough to cover for Donnarumma when called upon alongside commanding Milan in the Europa League. He is a leader and a mentor on the squad.
Calabria played through a tough season and established himself as the solid option at right back. Calabria has an incredible balance between the attacking and defensive phases of his game. He is an important component in Milan’s counter attacks and does well to bring Suso and Kessie into the game. He cemented himself and looks set to fight it out with Conti.
Ricardo Rodriguez will reach his 50th appearance for Milan tonight in case he features against Cagliari pic.twitter.com/U6W8MQZZUT— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) September 16, 2018
Rodriguez had a rather muted season. He did not do much out of the ordinary or worth noticing. He was consistent and played a solid role throughout but left much to be desired in the attacking proportion of his game. Moreover he seemed quite error prone in defence in 2019. Average season from a player who has great technical ability.
Abate played his farewell season running out his contract. He was decent when called upon especially at CB but was often stretched when at RB. He played a key role getting Milan through its injury crisis and overall played admirably.
Conti failed to make a lasting impact. He played on-and-off injury, making some stunning cameos bagging key assists but left too much to be desired defensively. He seems to be too used to playing as a RWB in a 3-5-2 formation as opposed to the RB in the 4-3-3 and needs to work on this.
Very frustrating player to watch. Given his speed and agility he could have had an impact on the season, playing a key creative role on the left side as a winger or wingback, but he did neither. Often seemed lost when on the pitch and his performances appeared rash.
Romagnoli: "If I could choose, I would replay the derby or the Parma game. My future? I'm fine here, I'm the captain. I have a long contract. Ask the club about these things." pic.twitter.com/Pzj7evjnny— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) May 26, 2019
Romagnoli showed leadership. This season threw him into the deep end and he handled it amazingly. He was finally a captain that Milanisti could rally around. He was the ‘Roar of Milan’ when dealing with referees, when handling his team mates and when he made vital contributions to the game. Romagnoli scored stunning late winners against Udinese and Genoa and made game-winning saves against Fiorentina and Bologna. A season to remember for the new Captain.
Musacchio got his shot at the First XI. He was displaced in his first season but received the sparting spot over an injured Caldara for the season. He was good but error prone. Musacchio did massively contribute to the intensity amongst the team and came through in some big moments such as winning the penalty at Lazio and scoring in the derby. Interesting to see the competition next season.
Barely featured this season apart from the cover during the injury crisis. He showed his maturity and demonstrated his strength and good understanding of the game whenever he was called upon. Good depth role.
Bakayoko's transformation continues. He's proven me and many of his critics wrong. Positionally aware, quick to react, and sharp on the ball. A team-high four clearances and four tackles versus Parma. He's looking so comfortable in a central position. Chapeau, Tiemoue. pic.twitter.com/wxSkJTjp7C— Anthony Lopopolo (@sportscaddy) December 2, 2018
Bakayoko was a revelation and a huge part of why Milan contested for a UCL spot. He burst onto the scene after a string of horrendous performances but then turned his fate around to become an instant fan favourite. He controlled the middle of the park with some composed dribbling, smooth tackling and intelligent passing to breath life into the Rossoneri midfield. The grade is not higher due to the issues surrounding the discipline and the eventual sluggish conclusion to his season. Either way a core part of the squad and one of the most impactful.
Biglia was sidelined early on with an injury. He put in a few good shifts but played second fiddle to Bakayoko since his emergence. He did score a stunner at Chievo and kick off the season solidly. Overall a off year for the Argentine.
Lucas Paqueta dedicates his first Milan goal to the victims of the fire at his former side Flamengo. pic.twitter.com/88XGQ3FQAo— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 10, 2019
Paqueta was a huge acqusition from the January market. He has an instant impact and brought energy and flair to the midfield. His trickery, vision and unpredictability carried Milan on a huge unbeaten run that took them from 5th to 3rd. He will undoubtedly be a key player for Milan next season. The only criticism would be his disciplinary record and his composure as he picked up 5 yellows and a red card in 12 games in the league.
A season of ups and downs for the Ivorian. Kessie was perhaps one of the most criticised players amongst the current squad due to his inability to deliver fundamentals in the final third. He seems to freeze and forget how to pass, cross and shot more often than not. However, his role in midfield of pressing, winning balls and driving forward have been unparalleled and Milan always struggled when he was not on the pitch. Moreover, he scored at key moments and has lots of room for development.
Bonaventura had an unlucky season. He was taken out by injury very early on despite a promising start to the season with three goals and an assist before November. As always he was energetic and influenced the game positively. He will be an important leader for Milan next season and gives some tactical flexibility to the midfield.
To be honest, it was a disappointing season for him. His inconsistency hurt Milan a lot but his numbers reflect otherwise. Suso got off to a lightning start and was roasting defenders up and down the right side but then he fizzled out and was anonymous for about four months. Suso is a luxury player, who can score beautiful goals, play sublime balls into the box but he can not do it consistently. This fault needs to be fixed to truly unlock his full potential.
Gattuso: "Unfortunately, regarding quality, there was little for Çalhanoglu. To see that he only scored one goal makes me angry because he could've had 7 or 8 goals, especially with all the qualities that he has." pic.twitter.com/Gj7m8xCWPV— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) May 25, 2019
Hakan is perhaps the flop of the season. Another player who numbers are better than his performances. He bagged 4 goals and 9 assists over the course of the season but was the most lethargic player on numerous occasions. He was also very frustrating with his long shots and his poor crossing. The reason why he is my flop of the season is the fact that he has so much talent that he could easily be the best player on the squad but mentally he does not seem to be there.
Borini had a Boriniesque season. He scored some late winners, ran a lot, played wherever necessary and gave away the free-kick that allowed Parma to tie Milan and effectively ruin the season. He performed averagely but always played with heart.
Castillejo has me flummoxed. He is very hard to read and his game does not translate well in Serie A. He often got tossed around and was barely noticeable on the pitch despite some good opportune finishes. He is not a bad depth player but needs to have more of an impact when introduced off the bench.
Krzysztof Piatek has finished top scorer for both Milan AND Genoa in his debut season in Italy pic.twitter.com/C1vjk5JRnu— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 28, 2019
Pum Pum Pum. What else can be said. Piatek has fired shots and let Serie A know that he will be hunting the Capocannoniere for seasons to come. He was devastating at Genoa and oppotunistic at Milan but he bagged himself 22 goals in his debut season. He rating isn’t higher due to his minor drought at Milan and his poor work rate off the ball. He has so much potential and has the opportunity to grow at Milan. He needs to work on his hold up play, control and passing to be a truly lethal no. 9.
A season of two halves for the young Italian. Already a cult hero at Milan, Cutrone had to fight for a place twice this season with Higuain and with Piatek. In the first half of the season, he made a strong case to take over the starting spot and delivered results, he poached and netted 9 times. But following the arrival of Piatek, Cutrone has not scored and barely created opportunities. He has struggled to find his feet but has been impactful through his attitude. A player for the near future with amazing ability to become a vital goalscorer.
Gennaro Gattuso as Milan manager ⚫️— Goal (@goal) May 28, 2019
✅ 40 wins
❌ 20 defeats pic.twitter.com/fopX6AOQpa
In my opinion, Gattuso was an incredible manager for Milan over the past two seasons. This season he overachieved with a squad that had a number of holes and inconsistencies. Gattuso brought a sense of belonging to the players and a prestige to the club that had been missing for a while. He secured back to back European qualifications into the Europa League and was vital in nurturing the youth of the club. Gattuso was let down by the mental fragility of the players more than anything as the team struggled to overcome defeats after brilliant runs of form. Farewell to a Milan Legend for the second time, he deserves nothing but respect.
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