Milan’s Jeremy Menez has been one of the breakout performers in Serie A this season. However, some have placed the “selfish” tag on him. Is it fair?
A.C. Milan has had another difficult season under first time manager Pippo Inzaghi. The club has been consistently “inconsistent” despite having some very good players perform at high levels. Jeremy Menez arrived from Paris Saint-Germain last summer on a free transfer and has been stellar for the rossoneri in terms of his goal tally. However, many have seen him be the best player on the pitch in a given match one weekend and then be one of the more selfish the next. Despite his goal rate this season, is it fair to label Jeremy Menez as “selfish?”
Menez has scored 12 goals in 24 Serie A matches, along with five assists. He has primarily been playing in the “false 9” role, allowing him to be free roaming the pitch to receive the ball and create chances for himself as well as those around him. The 27-year old has been great at doing his job but at times we have witnessed an unwillingness to pass the ball to other players who were in better position. It’s one thing to be confident in your ability but it’s another to blatantly disregard those in prime position to bury games early, which is what we saw this past weekend against Cesena.
The French international has been one of the best for Inzaghi and there is no disputing that. Pippo put his trust in Menez from the very beginning and in return, the player has not disappointed. However, there has been matches where he doesn’t get the foul calls or he doesn’t get the ball back from players and his body language shows his disgust. It’s antics like these that don’t sit well with fans, especially when it has been rough this season. The former Roma man does posses great ability and we have seen it on several occasions this season, particularly against Parma with his superb back heel goal but what this squad needs is a player who is all in with his team. A player who will put the successes of the team that day ahead of his own individual stats. Based on what we have seen, Menez is a selfish player to an extent, which is sometimes a positive thing when confidence is sky high. However, there is zero tolerance for players who only care about themselves and Inzaghi should understand that.
Milan managed to defeat Cesena 2-0 but it very well could have been a much better result if the attacker would have distributed the ball more to his open teammates. As a Milan supporter, I appreciate his play for us this season as we certainly wouldn’t have won some of the matches we did without him. However, I just want him to understand that he has quality players around him in the likes of Mattia Destro and Giacomo Bonaventura, who could certainly help make himself that much more effective when he can get others involved in the positive result. It gets fellow teammates growing in confidence and overall chemistry will improve. In time, I expect Menez to play with more unity and embrace what he has been given and that is a starting role with Milan.