Like a bolt from the blue, and thanks to the unfortunate injury of Alessandro Florenzi, Milan closed in a few hours for the loan with the right to redeem Sergino Dest from Barcelona. The American full-back, with a Dutch mother, will be a Rossoneri player throughout this season and will use the opportunity to relaunch himself after his growth process in Catalonia has slowed down. Milan can be the right choice, both as an environment and as a technical project.
Dest, born in 2000, was born in Almere (Holland) from an orange mother and an American father, and is one of the many products of the very flourishing Ajax youth sector. The spearmen had picked him up just 12 years from the nursery of his hometown, the Almere City. With the Amsterdam club Sergino undertook the whole process and stood out as one of the best prospects, until he earned a place in the first team on a permanent basis in the 2019/2020 season which, in fact, was the only one played. among the professionals with Ajax. In the Netherlands, between Eredivisie, Champions and other competitions, Dest played 38 games seasoned with 2 goals and 6 assists. His performances have attracted the attention of big clubs including Barcelona who bought him in the summer of 2020 for the sum of 21 million euros, at twenty. With the blaugrana he had an acceptable first season with even 3 goals scored. In the last year, however, Dest was unable to find continuity, thanks to some physical problems: from covid to a couple of muscle problems. Dest is also in the American national team with which he has already played 17 games, seasoned with 2 goals and 2 assists.
Dest was born and played mainly as right back, which is why he was optioned by Milan after the stop of Alessandro Florenzi, injured in the match against Sassuolo. The American, especially in Spain in the last two seasons, has also been used on the left or even always on the wing in the most advanced position, a characteristic that could also be exploited by Pioli, once he has known the player better. A full-back of absolute thrust, devoted more to attack than defense and who has a very important technical background. In the push phase he can be the extra man, a bit like Theo Hernandez often is, thanks to his frequent overlaps and the predisposition to cross. A defect of him can certainly be a not particularly high tonnage (1.75 meters) which makes him not very effective in aerial duels. However, this can be compensated for with speed and agility..
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Knowing Pioli and his passion for flexible players, it will not be difficult for Sergino Dest, if he maintains a good state of form, to get into the good graces of the coach and contribute positively to Milan’s game. Given the technical characteristics, the lateral coming from Barca seems to marry perfectly with the game of the Italian Champions. Technical player, fast and devoted to attack. Full-back who pushes and who often and willingly fits in. Furthermore, being very good at crossing, it can be a dangerous weapon in this sense as well. Even the possibility of being able to use it both on the right and on the left, like Florenzi, is a point in his favor: without forgetting that Pioli could decide to exploit it. even a few meters ahead. In addition, the player already arrives with a wealth of experience, especially in Europe: another factor that should not be underestimated. Dest will start behind in the hierarchies but Pioli has declared that there are no owners or reserves, soon therefore it will find space. Milan seems to be a real opportunity for him to relaunch his career and consecrate himself.