We do not recognize this season the Olympian striker. What is going on with the Pole, so promising on his arrival?
Arkadiusz Milik does not go well. At mid-season, the center forward of theIF (15 matches, 5 goals including 4 in the Europa League) has still not convinced Jorge Sampaoli to make him an indisputable holder, like for example Dimitri Payet. The Olympian coach had yet aligned in the starting XI three days ago against Reims (1-1). And again, it was a failure.
In the 67th minute, the one on loan from Napoli was replaced by Konrad de La Fuente, for lack of seriously threatening the Champagne defense. This choice may be intriguing. Isn’t the American winger supposed to supply the center-forward with balloons? The Pole out, the former Barça had to center for … Payet replaced in false number 9.
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If Sampaoli considers that Milik is not effective in this area, there is indeed a real problem. In this 19e Ligue 1 day, the OM coach did not bring Bamba Dieng in place of the Pole either. The young striker appeared later, at the 79e minute with the success we know, expelled in the 85th.
Last season, Arkadiusz Milik was useful to OM in a center-forward position: 9 goals scored in 15 Ligue 1 matches, including 14 starts. He did not regain this performance in the current exercise which began on October 3 due to a knee injury.
Four months without playing can partly explain this delay in ignition. The loss of confidence occasioned by average performances and Sampaoli’s tactical procrastination are other reasons for the relative unease experienced by Arkadiusz Milik. No need to look for what to wish for the New Year.