I can't stress this enough, and it seems many people still missing on my point when I said that he remind me of Romagnoli. Unfortunately, we can't see this thing on players highlight only. In players highlight he looks so aggressive, while in reality so often he just passively watching the player he marked (like you-know-who)
On Kjær: “Everyone was a bit skeptical in the environment and in the newspapers when we got him. We were in a difficult moment with the change of coach. Pioli had just arrived, we had already taken many young players but we were missing an experienced player. Elliott told us that had spent a lot in the summer so we had to find a low-cost operator and a player who was ready to play immediately, who spoke the language and was strong tactically. We evaluated many names of central defenders from different leagues, but especially the Italian one, because we said that it would be easier to adapt and the name of Kjær came up.”
On Kjær’s characteristics: “We’ve known him for years. We analyzed his matches with Atalanta. He wasn’t bad, his game against Dinamo Zagreb was very good. Then I took the list of Atalanta players and I said: ‘Who has not been successful at Atalanta but has been strong elsewhere?’ and I made a list of a few names. Ibañez, who is one of the best at Roma, did not play at Atalanta. With Simon we were sure we had a player with the right spirit, who is serious, a fighter and with the physique that we wanted. Some say he’s slow but it’s not true: he has perfect positioning, he runs a lot and is tactically good. We also did some work to see his physical problems but there was nothing big. Then another positive factor is the cost of the operation. In the end it cost €2.5m, it’s cheap. His salary I can’t say but it’s not expensive in the sense that many teams can economically afford Kjær. We told Simon: ‘We need you as a leader’. He made himself available immediately. He was crazy about Milan, he has been a fan since he was a kid. He has always been a good player. He reminds of Ricardo Carvalho when we took him to Monaco. Simon has even more grit, he’s not here to joke around. We have to say, now he is one of the best central defenders in Serie A, a very important player for the team. OK, Ibrahimović has changed a lot of things but Simon has also contributed, he is important in the project…”
Ill say this again re Botman
If you looked at Kjaer's skill set, then taken into consideration his age, past career, how Padre plays with the risky high line... who would have actually thought he'd be such a success for us
From the Moncada interview on Kjaer & how they picked the CB (its long, but some who missed it may enjoy):
How in the hell would you even think of making this predication accurately
You've just envisioned a 10 year long time scale where you've managed to include all the factors that could affect how Botman develops
All the factors..there is really only one and that one is impossble to changeWhat do you base this on? Seems like a huge assumption to make.
Tottenham is trying to have Kessie this winter window and they are offering Ndombele in exchange.
Lille's demand for Botman is 30M, but recently, it might have dropped to 20M plus bonuses. Milan, in any case, although happy with the discount, would like to try to close the deal on a loan with the right of redemption.
I disagreeBotman is just like Fofana was last time we looked for a CB, a player we certainly like and the interest isn't made up, but clearly out of reach financially and while the media is still talking about him internally Maldini and Massara probably already moved to another target that is more affordable.
Botman isn't no 40m prospect like the EPL links and hype got you believing, his price will prob he just above 20m
You cannot ignore the part Elliot-Lille play on this
Fofana had clubs willing to pay over 35m up front for him, thats the difference