Milan Youngster Struggles Again in a Crunch Contest

Malick Thiaw has been reliable in most games since becoming a starter for Milan, but he has marred his going with two poor showings in the biggest matches of the season so far, versus Inter and Juventus, TuttoSport informs.

The youngster arguably cost his team the most recent tilt, which was hanging in the balance until that point, by earning a red card for bringing down Moise Kean, who had a clear lane to the goal, after failing to forestall him near the end of the first half.

Thiaw blundered in the Derby with Inter as well. While he wasn’t alone in that nightmarish bout, he didn’t manage to contain Marcus Thuram a few times. In particular, the Nerazzurri star outmuscled him on the opening goal. He wasn’t on point on two other goals, the 3-1 one by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and the final one by Davide Frattesi.

The German international has been in the XI in most matches so far since Pierre Kalulu missed extended time due to a calf strain. The teammate returned and substituted for him Sunday, replacing Christian Pulisic.

Our Take on Thiaw

Even though it’d obviously be better if they didn’t happen, mistakes are part of the growth of a youngster. He often plays well beyond his years, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that he’s only 22. He’ll have a few chances to buck the worrisome trend.

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