AC Milan are struggling to keep the same pace in 2021 and one crucial transfer mistake from the management is proving quite costly.
Since the beginning of the year AC Milan have been unbale to keep their old rhythm. Until recently, the Rossoneri were leading Serie A but now Inter have a 8 points advantage and are marching secure towards the Scudetto.
In 2021, AC Milan have lost five matches scoring just one goal in the process. The statistics clearly reveal that the Rossoneri have a problem in attack and that’s due to the bad decision-making from the management in the January market window.
From late November till early January, Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed 8 Serie A games in a row because of two different injuries. His age and the fact that Stefano Pioli had only one centre forward under his orders forced AC Milan to prioritize the signing of a new striker in January. After many names, the club decided to sign Mario Mandzukic.
The choice was a clear mistake that is proving quite costly. At the beginning many had doubts on the physical conditions of the Croatian striker. Mandzukic had been out of football activities for six months after terminating his contract with Al-Duhail. So far, Mario Mandzukic has played in only 5 games for a meager total of 158 minutes.
The 34-year-old centre forward has missed 8 games because of muscle injuries. In such a crucial moment, when he was supposed to serve as Ibrahimovic’s replacement, Mandzukic is unable to contribute because he’s injured. Perhaps that was something expected considering his age and the fact that Mario was not playing football for more than six months. At the most crucial stage of the season Milan are playing without a centre forward.