He already showed flashes of his talent in August at the start of the season, putting in some good performances and scoring his first goal at San Siro (the opener in the 4-1 win over Cagliari). Sandro Tonali has gone from strength to strength in September, cementing his place in this team. Difficulties last season have helped him to grow as a player and make that jump up in quality, which was also going to need time.
AC Milan now have at their disposal a more mature, expressive and free-thinking player. The Rossoneri fans have noticed this and showed their appreciation by naming him as their MVP for September - after picking up the MVP awards against Lazio (2-0) and Juve (1-1). Tonali was preferred ahead of Díaz, Hernández and Rebić, though these three (and the rest of the squad) deserve plenty of praise for their good form in recent weeks.
The young Italian made six appearances in September, four as a starter in Serie A and two as a substitute in the Champions League. He bagged an assist in Turin and played a total of 435 minutes. The numbers prove it - we can also Pioli's trust and the praise of the Under-21 and senior national team coaches to the mix - and above all his performances make the whole of AC Milan proud.
And October started well too as he put in a dazzling display in Bergamo, scoring a brilliant goal. At the time of writing, our number 8 is the youngest midfielder to have scored at least two Serie A goals this season, he has had more touches than any other Rossoneri player (558) and has won the most duels (13). Well played and keep this up, Sandro!
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