What 200 million euro does not buy

Updated: November 28, 2017

After years of misery and underachievement, AC Milan fans were finally finding reason to be hopeful. New Chinese ownership, a most generous war chest with millions to spend on new signings and a coach which dared to bring forth youngsters rather than fielding old, slow had-been stars. But how has it gone so far?

First things first; Vincenzo Montella has been sacked as head coach following the utterly dreadful draw at home against mid-table Torino. He has been replaced by former midfielder and Milan-legend Gennaro Gattuso, which most likely is a temporary solution considering that Gattuso has close to no coaching experience to lean on. While the Italian national team is looking for a new long term solution on the coaching side, so are AC Milan and one name which has popped up in both discussions is Carlo Ancelotti.

Odds are being adjusted by the top bookmakers and bets are already in on whether Carlo will sign for Gli Azzurri or Rossoneri.

Milan are currently at seventh place in Seria A, an overwhelming 18 points behind leaders Napoli and 11 points behind Roma who hold that coveted last Champions League place. It doesn’t make things better that Roma have played one game less than Milan why Champions League football for Milan next season seems to be a missed goal already. They could focus on Europa League, win the tournament which would get them an automatic spot in Champions League, like Manchester United managed, but with current for and how Milan are playing when they are in form, that seems to be few fans are even contemplating.

Montella didn’t do a terrible job but it was in many ways expected that he would be fired unless three points were secured against Torino. He is well respected amongst the fans not least for his willingness to allow younger players from Milan’s own ranks to get a shot at first team football. He called up a 16 year old Donnarumma from the youth academy and made him the first choice goalkeeper. One of the few players who in the past couple of years has shown consistency in both form and quality. He called up 19 year old youngster Crutone in a similar manner, a striker who has shown formidable form and could very well end up a legend at San Siro.

Meanwhile, the new owners and management went on a shopping spree, spent some 200 million euro on new players and replaced basically all of the players from the previous season. Bonucci was brought in from Juventus, Kalinic from Fiorentina, André Silva from Porto, Rodriguez from Wolfsburg, Kessie from Atalanta, and the list goes on.

It has been quite evident – especially in defence – that 200 million euro might buy you a lot of quality players but a team it doesn’t. The passing has been sloppy, the attack anxious, the defending sometimes on the point of hilarious when looking closer at some of the school boy errors and anyone who has at least some understanding in these things knows that building a team takes time. But how much patience do the new owners have, and how much can they afford? Not reaching the Champions League this year might mean that the deal will be reversed, which in turn could send AC Milan even further down the pits.

/ Zvonko, BettingAdviceUSA.com