These are players that will need to rise to the occasion when called from the bench.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Forward)
This is the most obvious name on the list.
Huntelaar did not live up to expectations many would say, following a move from Real Madrid in the summer. However, we are comparing seven goals, mostly off the bench, in 21 league matches to the 76 goals in 92 appearances for Ajax in three and a half seasons, in a much less competitive league, and on a team where he was truly the only attacking option.
Given the chance, Huntelaar will be a productive attacker. However, I do not see him necessarily being immediately called upon to start. Maybe a couple matches here and there and towards Champions League matches when regulars need some rest.
Huntelaar will get his time. He just needs to be patient and good things will happen for him.
Nice of him to go by simply Sokratis. I grew tired of looking up his last name.
Papa (a much shorter version of his last name, also a nickname) was one of the three players to join from Genoa and the only one who was bought. After a great season with Genoa and a solid performance for Greece at the World Cup, it seemed now or never to find a solid future replacement for Nesta.
Sokratis may be that man.
Though he has had a good preseason, I don't expect him to start. He is primarily a center back and it is hard to split up Nesta and Silva after the chemistry they built last season, along with the success they had.
However, he will be seeing quite a bit of time. Managers tend to use defensive subs often, especially when in the lead. Milan intend to be in the lead late in matches often this season and will want fresh legs on talented defenders out there.
Like at most new jobs, Papa will work his way up the ladder, though he is figuratively only on a two-step stepladder. There may be a time, like with Huntelaar, where he will be needed as a starter, but not yet.
Until that time, Milan can rest comfortably knowing that they finally have a solid defensive replacement for late in matches.
Mathieu Flamini (Midfielder)
Flamini was bought by Milan last summer after a strong loan spell from Arsenal the season before. He proved to be capable of playing both midfield and defense as needed.
But Milan's main focus must be attack.
Flamini is a strong midfielder who has done well, but he is not one to always find himself in goal scoring areas, though when he does it's a sight.
With the younger and more lively and versatile Boateng, Flamini may fall back into the role player position.
Discipline is a minor problem, as Flamini is constantly being booked, but one cannot help but praise his aggressiveness, heart, grit, and determination.
He did well as a starter for Milan last season, as the midfield suffered injury after injury, but Boateng provides a much brighter spark for the club and will surely be in the lineup come the 29th, but Flamini is a loved player at the San Siro and will do his part in the second half, or as an occasional starter, to put Milan in the best position to win.
Clarnece Seedorf (Midfielder)
The guy can still play.
He is 34, but far from done.
Just not a guy you will see everyday in the lineup announcements.
Seedorf is still a great player and will continue to be until his legs can no longer carry him. It will be hard to ever forget, if for some reason I wanted to, the fantastic strike against Chievo Verona in the 89th minute last season to give Milan a 1-0 victory.
He can always come into a match in the second half and make his presence felt. It would be as if Pirlo or Ambrosini never left and were playing with even more energy than at the first whistle.
Seedorf should find himself to be a favorite sub of Allegri's from the get-go.