AC Milan Manager Reveals What Chukwueze Must Improve to Get Back into First Team

AC Milan’s Samuel Chukwueze has had a frustrating first season at the club. | Imago

AC Milan Manager Reveals What Chukwueze Must Improve to Get Back into First Team

Ayoola Kelechi 01:04 - 25.02.2024

Stefano Pioli has compared Chukwueze to one of his AC Milan teammates, who the Nigerian must emulate to become a success with the Rossoneri

Samuel Chukwueze's transition to AC Milan has not been without its challenges. After his move from Villarreal in the summer, the Nigerian striker has found first-team opportunities limited under Stefano Pioli's stewardship. 

With less than 900 minutes of play and just 10 starts across all competitions, Chukwueze's impact has been modest, contributing to only three goals for the Rossoneri (2 goals, 1 assist).

 Pioli's Insight on Chukwueze's Development

AC Milan's coach, Stefano Pioli, shared his insights with TMW on what Chukwueze needs to refine to secure a more prominent role in the squad. Pioli highlighted the comparison between Chukwueze and Christian Pulisic, noting that both players share similar characteristics on the field. However, the key difference Pioli pointed out was Pulisic's ability to consistently score goals, provide assists, and his work rate—areas where Chukwueze needs to show improvement.

"Pulisic scores goals, assists, and works. Chukwueze has to score goals, he has to score assists and has to work," Pioli emphasized. This direct feedback from the Milan coach outlines a clear path for Chukwueze to follow in order to reclaim a more significant role within the team.

 The Way Forward for Chukwueze

For Chukwueze, this feedback provides a tangible set of goals to work towards. Increasing his goal contributions and demonstrating a strong work ethic are pivotal for him to make his mark at AC Milan. With his talent and potential, Chukwueze has the opportunity to turn his situation around and become a key player for the Rossoneri.

As AC Milan continues to compete on multiple fronts, Chukwueze's development and adaptation will be key to not only his future at the club but also to Milan's ambitions for the season. Pioli's guidance points towards a constructive path for the Nigerian international, emphasizing that with the right focus and improvement, Chukwueze can fulfill the expectations that accompanied his arrival in Milan.

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