Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Milan fans, after a very minimal January mercato, were looking forward to a much better summer transfer window. We had been linked heavily with several players, even reportedly had preliminary agreements with some of them. Then the sale of the club was announced. Suddenly, everything was in question, including whether or not Maldini and Massara would even stay on. Divock Origi arrived, but has been following a personal training regime due to an injury. So while rival clubs made big moves in the transfer market, Milan fans waited. Finally, yesterday, Charles De Ketelaere signed, after about eight months of tough negotiations and a very large transfer fee, at least for Milan. If history is any indication, however, he will be worth every hourly update we have endured this entire time as well as every Euro. Because since Maldini has returned, good things come to those who wait. 

He will be worth the investment and the wait

Yacine Adli is a perfect example of patience paying dividends. He was actually purchased last summer from Bordeaux, but was left there on loan for the year. We waited. He continued to develop, prepare, and even studied Italian. In July, he arrived at Milan hungry to win. So far, in our friendlies, he has slotted right in to this team so well, and even scored his first goal (and provided an assist) last Wednesday.

We waited a whole year for him, and he is already so much better than our last no. 7

We waited for Ibrahimović to return while Maldini fought for him with Gazidis, who initially blocked his transfer. He has been more than worth the wait. And we know he will be worth waiting for again as he is healing from his surgery. 

We waited, some more patiently than others, for the development of players Maldini invested heavily in like Leão, Theo Hernández, and Tomori. All very much worth the wait. Not to mention players like Kalulu, who is now worth about 28 times what we paid for him just two years ago.

We waited 7.5 years for him to come back and he definitely made it worth our while

So what of all of the "missed targets" that fans get so upset about? Why are they so upset? Milan did not own any of them. We never had formal agreements for any of their transfers. Some players may have agreed to terms with Milan, but their clubs had not. In this age of social media, fans become incredibly entitled by rumors, so many of which are not even true. 

In their search for instant gratification in the mercato,  fans lose sight of the wealth of blessings that patience brings. Like the team with the fifth highest wage bill winning the Scudetto over teams that spent so much more last season, for example. Milan are the Champions of Italy, and are in better shape financially than any of the other top Italian teams. Because good things come to those who wait.

We waited 9 long years for him to return to the club, he definitely made it worth our wait

Let the other clubs spend. What good did it do them in January? Or last season at all? When a club values a player like Zaniolo at the same price as a player like Erling Haaland, there is something wrong with them anyway. They can talk all they want about all of the players Milan haven't signed. It won't do them any good when they are staring at our Scudetto patch again next season. This time with a second star above it. Because good things come to those who wait.


This post inspired by the music of The Supreme's "You Can't Hurry Love"


Our next match is 
a preseason friendly
Vicenza vs. Milan
Saturday, August 6 • 19:00 CEST (1pm EDT)
Centro Tecnico Piermario Morosini Stadium, Vicenza

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