Stats Overview: Serie A contributions this season:
5 Clean Sheets
Diogo Dalot has played in 13 games, starting 11 of them across the defense at left-back and right-back, with 1 rare introduction at right midfield.
He has played a part in AC Milan’s 8 clean sheet record this season, helping out in 5 of his 13 games, against Fiorentina, Benevento, Torino, Cagliari, and Verona.
At 22 years old he has shown maturity and settled well into the squad, performing very well when called on to replace Davide Calabria and Theo Hernandez. At right-back, he has played 6 games with 0 goals or assists, and at left-back he has scored 1 against Hellas Verona in an important 2:0 victory in 4 appearances. His one more advanced introduction on the right side of midfield, saw him win the ball back, burst forward, and find the final pass to give Rafael Leao the third goal against a difficult Parma.
Taking his touted price of 12–20 million Euro into consideration, it could be a smart piece of business to keep him. Capable of playing both sides of defense, and potentially higher up the pitch, he has a lot of room to grow at 22 years old, and add on to his first Serie A campaign. Milan do have 1 player above him on each side currently but are one injury away from calling on Pierre Kalulu or Alexis Saelemaekers to cover. Even if he is not kept, it is likely Milan will need to add another name to the squad, incase of injury or suspension.
Should Milan Buy Diogo Dalot?
It is not a small fee from what will be a stretched budget at Milan, but if Champions League football is achieved, they may want to solidify the squad and keep it growing as is. Defensively he may already be better than Theo Hernandez, but, might not be what management thinks is a winning purchase or big-name shirt selling signing.
It is not often to see players able to adapt so easily to defensive work in Serie A, and also across multiple positions, but at the price Manchester United want to release him, it may be a signing that is overlooked. What do you think?
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