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Reagan Connelly: Il Burattinaio Irlandese

Started on 31 October 2019 by ImThatSybGuy / First Post
Latest Reply on 31 March 2020 by Justice / Last Post
The future is looking bright for AC Milan with Connelly taking charge and attempting to halt the slide of recent years. Interested to see who you sign!
Looking very Rose(y) here at Milan. You're On A Mission!
Never seen a more AC Milan move than signing Dejan Lovren ;)

Gennaio 2020 (pt.2)

1 February 2020, Milan, Italy

Gabriella Berardi “The month of January was a busy one, 5 games and of course the January transfer window, to discuss the ins and outs of the month I’m joined with our regular guest Pietro Scola and sports journalist Gemma Gentile once again. Welcome to both of you, to start of today, we’re going to talk about the transfers that have been made.”

Gabriella Berardi: “Four Players have joined the club. To start off, Alphonso Davies. The Canadian winger, who can play as full-back as well, joins the side on a 6-month loan. Thoughts, about the transfer.”

Gemma Gentile: “Realistically, whether this is a good deal is whether a future fee is taken into the deal. We don’t know as of this moment, neither club has talked about there being one and reports about the transfer seem mixed, if the club has an optional future fee I think it’s an excellent piece of business.”

Pietro Scola: I think it’s an excellent piece of business either way. We can always use the depth and Davies gives us an option who can play on the entire left-side, multifunctional players is arguably something this side misses and with Davies there is a talented player who can bring that to the side.

Gabriella Berardi: “Our last confirmed transfer was another loan deal, Thilo Kehrer. He joined for 6-months as well and sources seem certain there is no future fee here.”

Pietro Scola: “Not much has to be said about this one, it’s a cheap deal for a good back-up. The deal works well for all parties and thus I’d say this is a good signing.”

Gemma Gentile: “I agree with you, Pietro. Kehrer is a talented defender and can provide that depth we lack at the moment, then when the summer comes it’s up to Connelly what he’s going to do. Sign a defender on a permanent deal or see if the youngsters can fill in and be the back-up players. Sorry to jump the gun a bit, but with Lacroix, there is a talented defender coming in. He could very well be able to make the step-up to back-up next year.”

Pietro Scola: “I think Lacroix is a good deal, but given the fact we look likely to qualify for Europe, I’d expect Connelly to get someone better and more experienced in.”

Gabriella Berardi: “Since you two already discussed the Lacroix deal, who signed or a fee of just over 500 thousand, we’ll move on to our last in and our first out as well. Eduardo Camavinga has signed and will join in the summer as he’s currently back on loan at Stade Rennais.”

Gemma Gentile: “I like this transfer a lot. Camavinga is a massive talent and managing to get him for only 10 million, while sides like Manchester City, Liverpool and Real Madrid were all very interested is a fantastic piece of business.”

Pietro Scola: “I’m not saying he isn't talented, but I’m not sure if we needed him to come in. We have a talented young defensive midfielder in Bennacer and I’m not sure why you’d sign Camavinga and not perhaps a talented defender or winger. I think it’s good to have loaned him back out again, because with Bennacer and Biglia his game-time won’t be too much this year.”

Gabriella Berardi “Speaking of loans. Matteo Gabbia left on loan to Teramo, while Krunic has gone to Spartak Moscow. Thoughts?”

Pietro Scola “Good deals for all involved parties. Krunic did see some game-time but it’s better to see him leave for the remainder of the season and give him time to start games.”

Gemma Gentile “Couldn’t agree more. Krunic is talented, but right now he won’t make the team and it’s smarter to loan him out and let him play games.”

Gabriella Berardi “Now the transfers have been discussed, let’s take a look at the results of this month.”

Gabriella Berardi “Like mentioned, five games this month. One of which was a cup game. The season restarted with a win over Sampdoria, in which Romagnoli scored the only goal. Cagliari away, proved to be too tough to get points from and a 0-0 draw was the result there. Then the shock this month, the heavily rotated side lost out to Crotone, who beat us 1-0. However, the side bounced back and got two wins on the spin, beating Udinese 1-0 and Hellas Verona 3-0. What are your thoughts about this month.”

Pietro Scola “It was a good month I thought. The cup loss was unfortunate, but the game was played by the kids and wasn’t the main focus of the season. Getting knocked out early enables the side to completely focus on the league which might pay dividends come the end of the year.”

Gemma Gentile: “I disagree, the cup would’ve been something great to focus on and to make a stand, to show the other sides that AC Milan is back and getting knocked out in that fashion, stops us from doing so. It was apart from that a great month, especially defensively. Nothing seemed to break the side and it was quite pleasing to see.”

Pietro Scola: “It was a fantastic defensive performance, I thought Davide Calabria was excellent this month and, correct me if I’m wrong Gabriella, but he was voted player of the month by the fans, right?”

Gabriella Berardi: “He was”

Pietro Scola “And deservedly so. He kept a clean sheet in all 3 games he played, after being rested for the Cagliari game and was of course important in that Udinese win with his assist which broke the deadlock.”

Gabriella Berardi “Let’s see what these results did to the league table, shall we?”

Gabriella Berardi “We see once again a move towards top 4. Into 6th place, behind Roma on goal difference and only 2 behind Fiorentina. Connelly has said Europa League was his aim, but Pietro and Gemma, could there be more in it for Connelly.”

Pietro Scola “Potentially, results have been good and defensively there seems to be a lot more stability, so there’s potential.”

Gemma Gentile: “With every other side having to split their attention, Connelly has a minor advantage over them. It’s quite a long while to go, but the results are coming and if they keep coming, there’s a good chance.”

Gabriella Berardi: “Before we leave, there’s one more thing that should be mentioned. Connelly signed a permanent contract. He’s signed a deal until 2022, what are your thoughts?”

Gemma Gentile: “It’s deserved, I don’t anyone would deny that, but now it’s up to Connelly to maintain his form and show why he deserves.”

Pietro Scola: “Exactly Gemma, anyone can see the progress that’s been made under Connelly, but there are countless examples that managers start of well, then signed a new or permanent contract and then the results stop coming. Connelly should keep his head focused and not feel like he’s done what he needs to, because he hasn’t.”

Gabriella Berardi: “Well then, that will be it for today. I see you later this month to talk about the February results, which also include the Milan derby. Ciao.”

Aaron: He would've been, shame he didn't sign for us
Scott: Most certainly, getting in young talented players and keeping hold of the ones that are there was the goal for this window and we've done so.
TheLFCFan: Camavinga is a fantastic player and I'm confident he'll develop nicely
Imagine: The early signs are promising, let's hope it can continue in the right direction
Justice: Most definitely
Jack: It would've been a very AC Milan signing, shame he didn't end up joining us
Firstly, congratulations to Connelly on meriting a longer-deal. He has certainly improved the fortunes of the team since being given the job. Results this month have been largely decent aside from the defeat in the cup. A piece of silverware would have been nice and a fairly early exit isn't ideal, but it won't be the end of the world. Cagliari can make for difficult opposition and I have faith that results like that won't be repeated too often from now.

Some very good transfer business. Lacroix could be a good player going forward. Camavinga is bound to be a star in Milan's midfield someday.
I always find it's those niggly results against cagliari that can be the hardest in a league like Serie A. Although, 3 wins in 5 is good, and top 4 isn't looking far off!
Not happy. No rejects at all. FUMING!

Also congrats on the new contract, can't think of any examples Pietro might be thinking of.
Gemma seems like Jopa's kind of person.

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