- Sep 13, 2009
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(quoting a post from the commode)
If you end up contradicting yourself all the time then why are you still preaching?
I mean that I won't hold on to an opinion just because.
Like you're doing.
I know the point you're trying to make, but you seem to not understand that I wasn't saying that playing regularly for Milan is bad for his development. It most likely isn't.
However if the floor is too low then we can't afford to field him regularly. Maybe he needs to spend more years at a provincial side, this time in a more challenging, established midtable side where he isn't guaranteed a starting role, instead of hopeless newcomers like Brescia.
I think 18 year old Locatelli's floor was high enough to be a backup for Milan. I was more than fine with him as backup and potential future starter. But spending a few years as a starter at Sassuolo has clearly done him well. I do think that the Milan experience toughened him up a bit, and that he needs to return to a big club to grow further, but Sassuolo seems to have given him something which a demanding, high pressure environment couldn't.
I feel that Tonali has arrived at the wrong time. We already have two young starting midfielders who will hopefully not leave anytime soon. We don't have a single 30+ player in the midfield department. One immensely valuable aspect of the big club experience for young players is the opportunity to train with and learn from veterans, champions. Last season we had Biglia at least. He didn't win any important trophies and he never was a player for double pivot systems, but I remember Bennacer mentioning the important role which Biglia has played in his growth, always giving him advices* etc. Biglia also seems to have been sort of a mentor for Kessie, despite the bizarre scenes in one of the 2019 derbies.
Now imagine if we had an actual campione, someone who could lead by example even at that stage of his career.
I'm sure Kessie and Bennacer now have learned a thing or two to pass on to Tonali, but it's not exactly like when Thiago Silva arrived to Milanello to train with Maldini & Nesta.
With that said, what's done is done and I'm glad Tonali's suspension is only for one game and hopefully he quickly grows to meet the minimum requirement. Patience is earned once that's met.
You are hammering in my point with every post of you write: you don't seem to understand talent development at a top club.
Take De Ligt in juve for example, after his meh season last year, one (who don't understand talent development at a top club) could have made the same argument you're doing with Tonali. He could have stayed in Ajax and continue his development, but Juve decided to bring him in.
Clubs are after talented players like wild dogs, if you don't jump on chances like this then other teams will. Inter was going to bring him in before we made the swoop for him. Apparently management see something in him that you don't see... and like I always tell commoders, just because you don't see it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
Tonali is a great talent, 2020 golden boy in Italy. He's got the physique, technique and mentality for this level and he's showing it already, indeed meeting the minimum requirements. I'm very happy we brought him in when we did.