Diogo Dalot’s move to AC Milan has been a bit of a bumpy ride over the course of the past 12 months.
The Portuguese defender set his sights high moving to Milan, as opposed to a more mid-range team where he was guaranteed to play regularly
While his first two seasons at Manchester United were marred by injuries, this campaign he has been fully fit.
And yet only this weekend, did he finally make his 10th Serie A start of the season.
Impresses in 2-0 win
Dalot helped Milan’s push to secure a Champions League place as the side beat Benevento 2-0.
The United loanee created two goalscoring chances in the win, and completed 89 per cent of his passes.
Dalot touched the ball 74 times, the third highest of any Milan player, showing his comfort in possession.
Defensively he made three clearances, and was the only Milan defender to win a tackle and make an interception.
Dalot was playing in his favoured right-back position. Through the season he has often been utilised as a left-back.
In and out
The fact this was just Dalot’s 10th Serie A start of the season speaks volumes about the inconsistency he has faced.
He has a further seven appearances as a substitute, meaning he has figured in just half of Milan’s 34 league games.
Dalot has a further eight starts in the Europa League, plus two in the Coppa Italia.
Now with Milan out of the Europa at United’s hands, there is less room for rotation, so he needs to seize his league chances.
His performance as Milan kept a clean sheet at the weekend was a good step.
Next weekend Milan have a huge game against Juventus. Whether he get selected for that one, will be a test of where the club see him.
If he gets a chance and performs well, it could be enough to persuade Milan to look to try and sign him on a permanent basis.
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