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This is not an AC Milan team like fans are used to. There are no legends in the team. But there are some talented, and for the most part young, players that together could be a good-looking team.
Center-back is still a big issue, with Daniele Bonera being the brightest and most consistent player this season in the middle of the defense. But he is currently injured, so Milan must rely on the likes of Mexes, Mario Yepes and Cristian Zapata. All three have been inconsistent overall.
However, with the rest of the squad, there's a lot of hope for a turnaround as Allegri's lineup has shown a lot of promise.
Obviously, Stephan El Shaarawy is the focal point of Milan's attack, but he needs players around him to help get him the ball and that he can lay off to.
Apart from the Anderlecht match, Bojan has been a good complement to El Shaarawy, showing a lot of pace and a threatening demeanor in front of goal. He only has one goal and two assists this season, but he works well with El Shaarawy and can be a solid player in the center.
At defensive midfield, having both Nigel De Jong and Riccardo Montolivo in the side has been beneficial to Milan, especially because with De Jong in, Montolivo can move farther up the pitch and be an excellent ball distributor.
Milan played a 4-3-3 at the start on Wednesday, but a 4-2-3-1 could work best. In a 4-2-3-1, both De Jong and Montolivo could play behind El Shaarawy, Bojan and Urby Emanuelson. That would be Milan's best three across behind a striker, with Pato up top. El Shaarawy and Emanuelson are menacing down the wings and Bojan can be creative behind a striker.
It is obvious from Wednesday's match that Boateng and Nocerino are not the lethal players they were last season and that breathing new life into the squad would benefit the club.
A strong XI that has an eye on the future with the ability to help Milan climb the Serie A table now would include: Christian Abbiati; Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Bonera, Philippe Mexes/Cristian Zapata, Kevin Constant; Nigel De Jong, Riccardo Montolivo; Stephan El Shaarawy, Bojan Krkic, Urby Emanuelson; Alexandre Pato.