AC Milan directors Zvonomir Boban and Paolo Maldini have been criticised for the way they approached the summer mercato.
The Rossoneri fell to their sixth defeat in 11 games to begin the season after losing 2-1 to Lazio on Sunday night, and it has been 78 years since Milan lost this many games so early in the campaign.
In addition, the Biancocelesti ended a run of 30 years without a win against Milan in Serie A at San Siro, and the impression now is that Stefano Pioli’s team are in a crisis.
Calciomercato.com takes stock of the situation and acknowledges that while Simone Inzaghi had ‘at least four very high level players’ at his disposal, Milan were lacking ‘personality and character’.
Attention then must turn to the summer of recruitment, during which €88million was spent by Boban, Maldini and Ricky Massara to reinforce (or arguably overhaul) the squad that had finished in fifth place just a few months earlier.
The appointment of Marco Giampaolo turned out to be a failure, and now some of the signings are beginning to be heavily criticised too.
The report notes that Leo Duarte struggled massively against Immobile and was disastrous while Rafael Leao, after a promising start, now looks lost. He is young, but Milan does not have the time to wait for him, considering the difficult period Krzysztof Piatek is going through.
Ante Rebic has also been ‘hugely disappointing’ after arriving on the back of a fantastic World Cup campaign, while Rade Krunic and Ismael Bennacer showed they had desire, quality and soul but are not two players capable of turning things around.
Only Theo Hernandez has top-class club qualities, Calciomercato continues, but it is not enough for a Milan who wants to aim for the Champions League.