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These are the left-backs AC Milan have had in recent memory...
Mattia De Sciglio: Destined for greatness at right-back but playing on the left nullifies Mattia's best attribute—crossing.
Luca Antonini: Definition of mediocrity.
Daniele Bonera: The guy isn't even a good centre-back, so what makes you think he can play at left-back?
Taye Taiwo: Low football IQ, rash tackling and the inability to read play.
Djamel Mesbah: Milan's version of Cristian Molinaro.
Gianluca Zambrotta: Loved Taiwo's little story of Gianluca (via Sami Mokbel at The Daily Mail):
If I was Walcott and I saw this 34-year-old man in front of me, I would be saying: 'Just give me the ball, let me run him down.'
The thing is with Gianluca, you would never see him in training.
But if we had a game on Saturday, he would pop in on Thursday or Friday—and he would always play the match. That’s something I never understood.
Zambrotta was on his last legs—still hasn't found a club since being released.
Here's why Milan struck gold with Kevin Constant.
- Wins back the ball 3.4 times per league game, meaning he's going to dictate terms.
- 85 percent tackling percentage; nine percent higher than De Sciglio.
- Completes 2.2 dribbles per league game; 0.6 times more than Sebastian Giovinco.
Kevin's high intensity approach to the game makes him standout above the rest, hence why he's a mainstay in WhoScored's Team of the Week (matchday 16, 18, 21, 22, 23).
Why don't teams overload on Constant's flank when he goes into beast mode?
He does have some minor lapses in concentration and his tendency to think like a midfielder isn't condusive for defending in certain situations i.e. going in full-tilt as an opposing player attempts a dribble (could leave the entire left flank exposed).
That said, he is the face of Adriano Galliani's mercato policy—a nobody without Milan becoming a somebody with Milan.
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Statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com and Squawka.com.