New manager Clarence Seedorf had received plaudits for his early work in resurrecting the fortunes of the Rossoneri, but his position has come under increased scrutiny following this latest run of negative results.
However, upon Seedorf's arrival in January, it was evident that a fair assessment of his managerial prowess would have to wait until sometime next season given the dearth of quality in the squad he inherited from Massimilano Allegri.
It is true that Milan possess certain assets that many clubs would love to have—Stephan El Shaarawy and Mattia De Sciglio come to mind, with several youngsters breaking through to the senior squad.
With Mario Balotelli as the undisputed talisman, however, things were always going to be nervy for Milan given his inconsistency to date in his career.
Relying on veterans like Kaka and Michael Essien is risky, as they are no longer capable of producing without significant recovery time between matches.
Furthermore, players like Daniele Bonera, Philippe Mexes, Urby Emanuelson and Kevin Constant, among others, have received far too much playing time for a club the caliber of Milan.
It is essential that Seedorf makes his mark on this squad by bringing in some fresh faces for the upcoming season.