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A primer for the AC Milan Women for the upcoming season: The Midfield

The beating heart.

AS Roma v AC Milan - Women’s Coppa Italia Final Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Continuing with our second preview of the AC Milan Women for the upcoming season, here’s a look at the midfield.

Part three will focus on the attack and other goalkeepers.


Midfielders

Vero Boquete

What can you say about Vero that hasn’t been said before? She’s the first high-profile player to play in Serie A and a clear sign of intent that Milan are intending to build a winner. Last season, Vero scored two goals in the Coppa Italia. She also registered three assists in the league.

Though she’s more of a trequartista, Vero was mainly deployed as a defensive centre-mid last season. It’s also a testament to her talent that she was able to play the position without any trouble (or complaints).

She’s the team’s de facto leader and Milan are fortunate enough to have her.

Refiloe Jane

Jane is a dogged, determined, and technically gifted player. She is the metronome that makes the midfield tick. Last season, Jane registered one goal and one assist. Her contributions to the team, however, can’t be measured on stats alone.

When Jane first came to the team, she did so to fill the Thaisa shaped hole in the midfield. I’d say she’s done well to fill that gap while winning our hearts in the process.

Greta Adami

Adami is a veteran midfielder who came to the team on a free transfer from Fiorentina. The midfielder is capable of playing a left or right centre-mid, a left defensive mid, an attacking mid, and even as a centre-back.

Since we’re stacked in defense, it’s safe to say that we’ll just use her as a midfielder.

Adami scored a total of two goals for Fiorentina last season. Let’s hope she makes equally valuable contributions for the Rossonere this season.

Christy Grimshaw

Grimshaw is a work in progress. Though she is technically limited, she does make up for it in other ways, mainly through her running and her heart.

She is mobile and a good soldier who can take orders well.

Grimshaw should be used as a sub that will give the team an extra spark in the second half of matches.

Valentina Bergamaschi

Berga is Milan’s resident la Jolly. She’s capable of doing everything but isn’t particularly good at doing one thing.

However, this isn’t a reason to discount her. Her value to the team is predicated on her ability to play a utility role and to slot into several areas in the field when needed.

It’s also important to remember that Valentina is still relatively young. She still has time to grow and the best place for her to grow would be with Milan.