How Milan Will Line Up with Fonseca on Their Bench

It won’t be long before Milan formally appoints Paulo Fonseca, and the new coach should slightly tweak the tactics compared to recent years. Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently posted a picture with 4-3-3 on his social media accounts, and that should be the go-to formation, Calciomercato informed.

In reality, the gaffer, like Stefano Pioli, has alternated between that and 4-2-3-1. Their former boss began the season with the more defensive-minded option but tweaked it because it was more beneficial to use Ruben Loftus-Cheek closer to the goal. He walked it back when the Englishman was out due to injury.

Milan plan to help Fonseca with at least four purchases. An offensive-minded right-back, either Emerson Royal or Tiago Santos, whom the coach knows very well. A defender, but perhaps not a top-tier one. The current favorites are two dated targets, Brest’s Lilian Brassier and Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix.

The Rossoneri brass intend to add a muscular midfielder and have listed Monaco’s Youssouf Fofana in particular. Most of their summer budget will be used for a new striker. Joshua Zirkzee is the top name on their radar.

Our Take on Milan and Fonseca

While it’s right to have clear ideas going in, schemes tend to evolve depending on performances and adjustments. Loftus-Cheek will be the barometer. He can surely play as a box-to-box, but they’ll have to find an apt deputy, and be deeper in general, as the wear and tear would be higher and he’s not the most robust player.

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