Rafael Leao had a wasteful showing against Newcastle United and didn’t have the best attitude. Some of the issues that affected him in the past resurfaced. He’s off to a decent start but hasn’t been super consistent game to game. He has scored twice and provided an assist in five appearances. One of his goals turned out to be just a consolation one in the Derby della Madonnina.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the Portuguese star is scheduled to get a breather either against Verona on Saturday or versus Cagliari on Tuesday. It won’t be a punishment but a simple rotation at the start of the first busy stretch.
The Milan coaching staff wishes for Leao to take the next step from a mentality standpoint and positively impact every contest. It’s not entirely the case yet, as the recent Champions League bout proves.
The 24-year-old inked a very lucrative five-year extension last summer, putting a bow on a lengthy contractual saga filled with twists and turns.
Our Take on Milan and Leao
A poor showing and one laughable miss doesn’t besmirch his reputation, but surely he and the club would benefit if he was on point all the time. It’ll be interesting to see whether they’ll turn to Samuel Chukwueze or Noah Okafor on the left wing when they do decide to give him a day off.
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