The signing of Sandro Tonali and the constant rumours about Tiemoue Bakayoko, as well as possible alternatives, must not alter what Milan have built thus far. The 4-2-3-1 formation changed the Rossoneri for the better, after all.
As highlighted by MilanNews.it, Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie – the dominant duo in the post-lockdown period – will be the starters at the start of this season. Tonali will be used more and more over time, starting as a rotation player.
That being said, against Shamrock Rovers there will certainly be the ‘usual’ midfielders in the starting eleven. Over time, as mentioned, one of Bennacer and Kessie will have to turn to the bench, although this shouldn’t be seen as a negative.
It will rather be a necessary condition for having a competitive team this season. Exactly for this reason, Milan are also looking to bring in another midfielder. Should Rade Krunic be sold as well, it would be hard to imagine a three-man midfield.
Why? Let’s think of a hypothetical situation: Kessie, Tonali and Bennacer all starting, while on the bench there would only be Tommaso Pobega and the potential signing. This could work in the short-term, but certainly not in the long run.
On the other hand, it would make sense to see a three-man midfield during a match, perhaps as a tactical response to the opponents. This is a possibility that Stefano Pioli never had in the first half of 2020, relying on solely Bennacer and Kessie.