Claudio Villa/Getty Images
Although many fans have been curious to see him play, it seemed like an inopportune time to give 21-year-old Riccardo Saponara his Serie A debut with Milan in such conditions.
Asking a player who never stepped on a top-flight pitch in his life to be the difference maker after coming back from injury was hardly the right move. He failed to make an impact on the game and comically skied a wide-open goal opportunity.
Saponara will get his moments, but he needs to be weaned into the team slowly and not asked to be a hero in such hostile conditions.
Other than Saponara, the entrance of seldom-used M'Baye Niang was also bizarre. He could be one of the strikers moving away in the January transfer window, and he has fallen out of Milan's plans after a downfall that happen shortly after he played Barcelona in the Champions League last season.
Needless to say, the substitutions didn't work out, and fans were left with many more questions circling around in their heads.