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Power Ranking Every AC Milan Player from the 2013/14 Season in Serie A

Matteo BonettiContributor IMay 22, 2014

Power Ranking Every AC Milan Player from the 2013/14 Season in Serie A

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    After a disappointing season where Milan failed to make Europe for the first time in 16 years, it's time to power rank every Rossoneri player from this past season.

    Plenty of changes will be looming in the summer months as the transfer session kicks into sixth gear.

    These rankings are based on individual player influence, not skill. Unfortunately, a sea of mediocrity is exposed with this review.

    Note: Ranking order from last all the way to first.

Matias Silvestre

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    Games: 4. Goals: 1.

    Apart from scoring one goal all season and warming the bench, Silvestre has been the ideal cone for Adel Taarabt to practice his dribbles on in practice.

Riccardo Saponara

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    Games: 7. Goals: 0.

    Brought over from second division side Empoli, Riccardo Saponara was compared to Kaka because of his natural long strides and classy finishing ability from the trequartista position.

    The few times he has gotten on the pitch, he has been virtually anonymous. He might need to be loaned out to a place where he could get more consistent time.

Gabriel

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    Games: 7. Goals: 0.

    The 21-year-old was thrust into the starting role and showed flashes of brilliance as well as inexperience. He's a decent prospect for the future but should be loaned out to a team that will give him steady time as a starter.

Bryan Cristante

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    Games: 3. Goals: 1.

    The teenager hasn't played much since Clarence Seedorf became manager. Before that, he was starting in Massimiliano Allegri's midfield and giving Milan fans plenty of reasons to be hopeful for the future.

Cristian Zaccardo

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    Games: 11. Goals: 0.

    Cristian Zaccardo's inclusion in the team is one of the many that have led Milanisti to scratch their heads.

    He's a slow, cumbersome full-back who always looks nervous in possession and doesn't excel defensively.

Marco Amelia

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    Games: 5. Goals: 0.

    Pictured above is one of Amelia's dangerous tackles from inside the box when he nearly decapitated Eder.

    That being said, Amelia was primarily Milan's backup goalkeeper and should stay in that role.

Valter Birsa

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    Games: 15. Goals: 2.

    The Slovenian had a decent run early in the season under Allegri, but injuries and the change in coach led him to become a non-entity.

    Don't expect him to wear the Milan kit next year as he hardly falls in place with the team restructuring.

Robinho

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    Games: 23. Goals: 3.

    Essentially, Robinho has become the metaphorical elephant in the room. Milan has tried hard to dump him back to Brazil, but each time the deal has fallen through. He is now a glorified benchwarmer for the Rossoneri.

Stephan El Shaarawy

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    Games: 6. Goals: 0.

    Stephan El Shaarawy has had a woeful campaign due to multiple injuries and a major foot surgery that sidelined him for this entire calendar year.

    "The Pharaoh" finally made his comeback a few weeks ago and seemed not to have lost a beat, as his speed and tenacity were intact. 

Giampaolo Pazzini

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    Games: 18. Goals: 2

    Pazzini played most of his games coming off the bench this season after suffering a serious injury that kept him out nearly the entire first half.

    Last season he scored 15 goals in a similar role, so we know that he has the talent.

Michael Essien

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    Games: 7. Goals: 0.

    No one is really sure why Milan signed Michael Essien. This washed-up former star has looked slower than evolution when he's gotten the chance.

    Don't expect many more of those chances, as there are younger, better players in his position already in the squad.

Daniele Bonera

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    Games: 16. Goals: 0.

    Interestingly enough, Milan went on a five-match undefeated streak when Seedorf switched Bonera to the right-back position, where he gave the back line a more defensive look.

    Bonera has been a serviceable veteran who is still prone to the occasional one-on-one mistake.

Kevin Constant

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    Games: 20. Goals: 0.

    Constant has emerged as a running joke for the San Siro faithful, with Ultras in the Curva Sud openly booing him throughout matches. He put together a nice spell toward the end of the season but ultimately shouldn't be playing for a team that wants to get back into serious contention.

Cristian Zapata

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    Games: 20. Goals: 1.

    Zapata was a mainstay in his central defense position under Massimiliano Allegri's tenure but has rarely been used under Seedorf. The new coach has opted to go for various combinations that have kept the Colombian mostly on the bench.

Keisuke Honda

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    Games: 14. Goals: 1

    Honda has looked timid, slow and unprepared to handle the rigors of Serie A. Even though he started his Milan campaign by playing out of position as a right-sided attacking midfielder, he didn't do much more when he was given the chance to occupy a more familiar central role.

Mattia De Sciglio

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    Games: 16. Goals: 0.

    After being hailed as the new Paolo Maldini, the young Italian full-back has regressed since last season, and few are wondering just what his peak is.

    Granted, the inconsistency could be due to the turmoil surrounding the club.

Ignazio Abate

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    Games: 19. Goals: 1.

    Abate is another Milan defender who has taken a nosedive from the previous season. At one point he was even considered a possible starter on the Italian national team; now he's awkwardly switched in and out of Milan's starting XI.

Philippe Mexes

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    Games: 22. Goals: 2.

    Milan's biggest head case is always one red card away from leaving the rest of the team in serious trouble. Simply put, Mexes isn't worth his salary or the headaches he brings. Needless to say, he has been one of the most used central defenders in Milan's ranks during the past few seasons.

Andrea Poli

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    Games: 26. Goals: 2.

    Poli hasn't quite found a home in the 4-2-3-1 formation. He doesn't quite fit each role to perfection but has been used in every position ranging from right-back to attacking midfielder. 

Urby Emanuelson

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    Games: 24. Goals: 0.

    Emanuelson has found new life under fellow Dutchman Clarence Seedorf, who has given him plenty of space to ply his trade as a left-back. The results have been met with mixed reviews, as no one is really sure if Emanuelson is the answer going forward.

Christian Abbiati

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    Games: 28. Goals: 0.

    He's a likable figure inside the locker room but a mediocre keeper on the pitch. This will most likely be Abbiati's last year as a starter as he heads into the twilight of his career.

Sulley Muntari

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    Games: 26. Goals: 5.

    "Big Sulley" had a decent season for Milan, showing a scoring touch that not many expected when the Rossoneri brought him over from cross-city rivals Inter.

Adel Taarabt

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    Games: 14. Goals: 4.

    All Taarabt needed to do to win over the San Siro faithful was go on a few of his signature dribbles and provide the crowd with individual brilliance.

    He's been one of the most pleasant surprises in Europe after basically being shunned from bottom dwellers Fulham.

Riccardo Montolivo

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    Games: 29. Goals: 3.

    Milan's captain suffered a slight drop from his first year at Milan but was still serviceable in a new position that he hasn't been familiar with in Clarence Seedorf's 4-2-3-1.

    Montolivo has decent creativity and showed his long-range scoring ability several times.

Adil Rami

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    Games: 18. Goals: 3.

    Rami became a staple in Milan's defensive unit after joining on loan in the January transfer window. His presence, stature and aerial ability have been welcome additions.

Nigel De Jong

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    Games: 33. Goals: 2.

    A fierce defensive midfielder, De Jong emerged as Milan's best option to patrol the area right in front of the back line. Other than his tackling, the Dutch international displayed coolness in possession.

Kaka

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    Games: 30. Goals: 7.

    Kaka showed heart and desire, even though plenty of his signature pace has been quelled with age.

    He showed leadership in the most important matches and will always be a beloved figure at the San Siro.

Mario Balotelli

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    Games: 30. Goals: 14.

    Hate him or love him, it's hard to doubt that Mario Balotelli has been the most influential player for Milan this season. A mercurial talent, he's always the most talked-about star and one of the most recognizable faces in Italy.

     

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