AC Milan is a team on a mission.
Their finish to the 2019/20 season was one of Serie A's highlights as an upturn in form during the second period of the season gave them hope for the future.
The once European giants have become a shadow of themselves in recent seasons, but they seem to be on the right path to reclaiming past glory.
The team has a perfect blend of experience, and young players hungry for success, which is the right ingredient.
Their recent acquisition of Sandro Tonali sent out a statement that they are ready to rebuild, and it was even sweeter as they snatched him from the grasp of bitter rivals Inter Milan.
The 20-year-old is a whole midfield package; can sit in front of the defence and dictate play with quick balls forward to start attacks or can be deployed as a box-to-box midfielder.
He was one of the most sought-after youngsters in Italy and joins a number of other young players ready to shine for the red and black side of Milan.
From the back to the midfield and through the attack, the team is sprinkled with a number of young, and exciting players ready to shine again.
Daniel, son of former club legend Paolo, scored his first senior goal for the San Siro side in their friendly win over Monza last week, and the fans are buzzing.
At only 18, Maldini has shown tremendous capabilities with his ability to play anywhere in the attack making his a special weapon.
He plays primarily as an attacking midfielder, but can also be deployed through the middle if need be, and has a deadly shot.
He might not be fully ready to be thrown into the deep end of weekly Serie A football, but he can play a role in their revival, and perhaps become a club legend, just like his father.
Daniel Maldini vs Monza (H / friendly)— ACM Comps (@CompsACM) September 6, 2020
First goal with Milan. 🔴⚫️
Yes, Donnarumma. The towering goalkeeper has been on the scene for years now, and many might forget he is only 21.
Despite his young age, he has made over 200 appearances for Milan and can be the rock on which the next chapter is written.
He has been linked with a move away from the club, as Europe's top boys circle, but he looks set to remain in the capital this coming season, and hopefully for Milan, many more to come.
The 22-year-old Algerian could still be in the Premier League with Arsenal but chose to depart in search of first-team football.
nd after a journey that saw him from England to Empoli, he found his way to the San Siro, and after early months when he struggled to find his feet, he is finally at home, playing as a holding playmaker.
The youngster has brought a new dynamic to the club's midfield thanks to his work ethic and ability to offer defensive coverage and protection in front of the backline.
If Milan will go back to the top, Bennacer will have a major role to play.
The new acquisition from Real Madrid will add more pace, trickery and a little dynamism to Milan's attack, which is mainly led by the ever-green and charismatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The 21-year-old's skills and dribbling style have compared to Lionel Messi’s and promises to be a key player for the Rossoneri.
He might be at Milan on loan, but it can be memorable, and who knows, he can have more time and a long career in the famous red and black shirt.
23-year-old Kessie is one other player who has finally settled at Milan after initial struggles.
His ability to provide cover and dictate the game from deep in midfield and make those bursting runs were key for Milan in the second half of last season. If he can maintain the same energy, the fans will love him even more and can ink his name in the history books.
The #ACMilan player to have covered the most ground per game on average this season was Franck Kessie.— MilanData📊 (@acmilandata) August 3, 2020
The Ivorian played 3095 minutes and covered an average of 10.82km per match.
The likes of Ante Rebic and Alessio Romagnoli, both 26, have come of age and will be expected to lead the youngsters, and have shown they have what it takes.
One thing, Milan seem to be on the right path to regaining their former self.