With two yellow and three cards totalled this season, Gabriel Paletta’s disciplinary record hasn’t really been immaculate. In Europe’s top five leagues, he is the player who has single-handedly been sent off the most this season, his latest one against Bologna on Wednesday.
Though performing way above expectations and providing a solid defensive partner for Alessio Romagnoli, Paletta’s often-rash tackling and tendency to get stuck in have been a liability for Milan. Although the rossoneri managed to cope with Paletta’s exit on two occasions, beating Bologna and Torino in the process, it was never an easy task. During the match against Genoa, for instance, the Italian-Argentine’s departure compromised the team’s defensive structure, as the rossoneri crumbled by three goals to nil.
With a critical eye, Milan boss Vincenzo Montella will have recognised the problem and, as pointed out by the Sketch, will be aiming to tame the wild bull that Paletta can become at times.
Hand-drawn sketch by Federico Manasse (@FedericoManasse)