Bacca played a full match only once in the first 10 games under Montella, Donnarumma & Bonaventura the most used players, seven men yet to play

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Bacca during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on the 22nd of October 2016 (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Bacca during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on the 22nd of October 2016 (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Carlos Bacca is the player who has been substituted the most by Montella so far (7 times in 10 games) while there are still players who have yet to take the field.

Milan are in 4th after 10 matches but the last game (3-0 loss to Genoa) showed that once Vincenzo Montella rotates his squad and lets the bench players start from the first minute, the Rossoneri face problems.

Montella has made it clear that he has to use more than 11 players during the season but the level of the substitutes is an issue that could be addressed by the Chinese in the January transfer market.

In any case, the first ten matches are behind us and it’s very clear that the former Sampdoria man has chosen his side. In terms of numbers, as reported by today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, the ‘starters’ at Milan have so far played a total of 7901 minutes while the bench players played 1348 minutes.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (900 minutes) and Giacomo Bonaventura (864 minutes) are the players that have been used the most by Montella. Alessio Romagnoli (810 minutes), Suso (795 minutes) and Gabriel Paletta (776 minutes) are following Gigio and Jack in the list of most-used. It should be noted that the numbers collected by La Gazzetta don’t include additional time added by the ref.

Donnarumma and Lapadula after Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on the 22nd of October 2016 (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Donnarumma and Lapadula after Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on the 22nd of October 2016 (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

One interesting stat is regarding Bacca. The Colombian, who started from the bench twice this season, is the most substituted player in the squad as in 7 out of his 10 appearances he was subbed out of the match. In fact, only against Udinese, Bacca played a full match from start to finish.

Seven players haven’t yet been involved although those include 2nd and 3rd choice goalkeepers Gabriel & Alessandro Plizzari, as well as Cristian Zapata and Matias Fernandez who had been injured for a long time. From those who have been mostly fit, only Rodrigo Ely, summer signings Leonel Vangioni (currently out with an injury and missed Genoa) and Mario Pasalic haven’t played.

The season is still very long but the stats show that Vincenzo is already very fixated on his starting XI and so those wishing to break into the starting XI will have to work extra hard to convince the boss.

Player NamePositionMinutes Played (not including added time)
Gianluigi DonnarummaGoalkeeper900
Giacomo BonaventuraMidfielder864
Alessio RomagnoliDefender810
SusoForward795
Gabriel PalettaDefender776
Juraj KuckaMidfielder706
M'Baye NiangForward701
Carlos BaccaForward691
Mattia De SciglioDefender668
Ignazio AbateDefender620
Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder600
Manuel LocatelliMidfielder370
Davide CalabriaDefender280
Andrea PoliMidfielder224
Gustavo GomezDefender223
Jose SosaMidfielder165
Luca AntonelliDefender153
Gianluca LapadulaForward140
Keisuke HondaForward81
Luiz AdrianoForward79
Andrea BertolacciMidfielder3
Alessandro PlizzariGoalkeeper0
Cristian ZapataDefender0
Leonel VangioniDefender0
Mario PasalicMidfielder0
Matias FernandezMidfielder0
Rodrigo ElyDefender0
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Slyfox

I think he is protecting Bacca,hes our only natural goal scorer

Milan10

Yet another proof that 2 changes made by montella in last match vs genoa were not tactical blunder but injury/fatigue related once over.

Also, not only is jazou (jaack zizou) technically sound, he also has nedvedesque world class stamina. Uber cool if u ask me

Sheva

I see your medication still dont work

Sanoske

Lmao Sheva has no chill.

Banton

what are you saying coz am not gettin u

Milan10

Obviously french isnt ur 1st language so here goes:
1) this article says montella tends to use same starting 11 so the 2 changes he made vs genoa was due to injuries of usual starting players not tactical/gambling reason.
2) bonazou has the skills, the look AND the stamina. He’s like real life bond – bourne hybrid and sigmund freud wouldve been proud of superman like him

I-Milan

Just wait for Sheva to come after you… 😀

Milan10

Im actually counting on it mate

milan 100

I think montella is sending a message

dejan10

I don’t have a problem with Vincenzo not starting players who are genuinely tired or injured, I have a problem with him starting Sir Poli and Grandmaster Honda and putting them both on the right side of the pitch for Genoa to rip apart.

I-Milan

@dejan10: Stop disrespecting the BONERA TWINS, cloned from the Lord Bonera’s DNA.

montella

Gabriel paletta is shi**y I perfered over him Ely coz he is stable good in reading.
If we’re Milan fans we hate if someone did a mistake he is human just give him more time to improve.
FORZA ELY.

FORZA MILAN

Milanista121

Listen guys, just because we beat Juve, doesnt make us Scudetto candidates, and just because we lost to Genoa doesnt mean we’re relegation candidates/a mid table team. Our squad is better than most people make it out to be. Montella has done a great job so far, and like he said, the Genoa game was just a bump in the road. Im sure that Montella wouldnt have started Poli as right back if Antonelli or Calabria was fi, right?. I’d rather lose a game like at Genoa,rather than risk losing a player for months to the sidelines, as we need… Read more »