Mateo Musacchio, at one point, was seen as a future star. Back in 2014, he was linked with a move to join Tottenham but that never went through. It is anyone’s guess what could have been the case today if that had happened. But as things stand, the Argentine’s career isn’t at a promising place.
Milan’s season has seen a fair share of ups and downs already. They’ve gone from struggling too much under Marco Giampaolo to that 5-0 loss to Atalanta under Stefano Pioli. But they improved from there on and came into the European race. The recent loss to Genoa was a disappointment, even though Verona losing to Sampdoria made it better – that said, Milan were made favourites for the match by many leading bookmakers do the defeat was surprising to many. If you fancy Milan’s chances when the season resumes, you can use the promo code casino777 to get boosted offers.
But it was another game in which Alessio Romagnoli was partnered by young Matteo Gabbia. The 29-year-old’s last start in a Serie A game came in the 1-1 draw against Verona in early February. Before that, he started in the 2-0 win over Cagliari. It just shows that 2020 hasn’t started well and he’s gone down the pecking order.
The arrival of Simon Kjaer on loan from Atalanta has had a role to play. The Danish centre-back has played four league games since arriving, playing three Coppa Italia games too. The performance against Brescia was impressive, as he played beside Romagoli and complemented him very well.
In his absence, Gabbia was trusted instead of Musacchio. The youngster has now made three Serie A appearances, with two being starts. This has led to Musacchio not playing as much as he would like to ideally.
If it was always the plan or not from former chief Zvonimir Boban is anyone’s guess. But bringing Kjaer in when they had a centre-back in Musacchio is never a sign of trust. But having said that, Musacchio has not helped himself.
He has been dribbled past 0.7 times per game this season. He has won only 0.8 tackles per game. Both of them are the worst tallies of his career, be it at Milan or Villarreal in the past. He has become prone to making errors, as it was evident against Fiorentina in their first meeting with La Viola.
Playing alongside a reliable player like Romagnoli hasn’t done him much good. He takes criticism for being slow and not as good as Romagnoli. His last start against Verona wasn’t promising at all. The Argentine did win five aerial duels, but he got dribbled past twice in the game. He didn’t win a single tackle in what was a rather average performance.
This has become a rather usual thing for him. That is why he’s been replaced by Kjaer and a newcomer in Gabbia. Kjaer is still on loan with an option to buy, but there is every chance Milan let Musacchio go and sign Kjaer permanently.
The way things are for Musacchio, he should consider leaving too. The club’s sale of Suso showed that they’re moving on from players who were taking criticism from fans. Musacchio is part of that category too.
At 29, he still has a lot of football left in him. Moving back to Spain can help him a lot, considering he’s been there in the past. He has fallen down the pecking order at San Siro already.