Milan Monitored Some Starlets in Recent U21 Fixture

Milan head scout Geoffrey Moncada was in the stands for the recent friendly between Belgium and Japan U-21. The exec watched a few talents on the pitch, including one already in the Rossoneri roster, although he hasn’t played much this season, Aster Vranckx.

He’s the captain of his side and played the entire game. According to Calciomercato, even though he hasn’t earned the regular role, the reigning champions believe in the potential he has shown in practice. They won’t activate their €12M option to acquire him, but they will ask Wolfsburg to have him back on loan. The 20-year-old has logged 153 minutes across 8 appearances so far.

Moncada took a close look at a few other prospects. One of the most intriguing ones was Maxim De Cuyper, who’s owned by Club Brugge and is performing at a high level on loan at Westerlo, as he has already notched eight goals and six assists this season. Milan are searching for a new deputy for Theo Hernandez to replace Fode Ballo-Touré.

Other possible options that might have caught the scout’s attention are Almeria’s winger Largie Ramazani, Shonan’s trequartista Taiyo Hiraoka, and Strasbourg’s attacker Yuito Suzuki.

Our Take on Milan and Vranckx

Standard operations for a scout, but it’s interesting that they are considering keeping the loanee, who hasn’t really been given a fair shot this campaign, same as Tommaso Pobega. Other coaches catch a lot of flak for not fielding youngsters, but Stefano Pioli could have maybe found some more solutions if he was more trusting, as was the case with Malick Thiaw.

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