Ben Boucher’s Sunday editorial: View from the back of the Curva
As part of our new editorial lineup I’ll bring you my unique and hopefully interesting take on the ‘pazza’ world of Inter each and every Sunday. Rather than forcing you to wade through my random waffle, I’ll try to keep this short and sweet by focusing on five snippets that grabbed my attention during the previous 7 days.
Inter continue to invest heavily on young talent
Many observers would scoff or pour scorn on the idea that those who reside in the corridors of power at Inter are attempting to develop young talent capable of contributing in the first team; the evidence however would suggest that they are wrong. This week alone Inter appear to have secured the signings of four players for the youth sector. Alessandro Capello looks set to arrive from Bologna and Pedro Delgado, Paulino de la Fuente and Senna Miangue could follow him into Inter’s ever-growing talent pool. The focus now shifts to the best way to get these talented youth players adequately prepared to progress towards first team action.
Deki not ready to call time on his career quite yet?
Despite it now being abundantly clear that Dejan Stankovic is not part of Mazzarri’s plans, Fiorentina may provide a perfect destination for the Serbians last hurrah in Serie A. Having resurrected the careers of floundering talents such as Alberto Aquilani and David Pizarro, the Viola are looking into the possibility of re launching ‘Il Dragao’ in Florence. What a story that could turn out to be.
Finally, a case for the defence?
As many have noted, the defensive performances of Inter have not been acceptable on many occasions following Jose Mourinho’s departure in 2010. With that in mind it is re assuring to see the club linked with a raft of defenders who could potentially help alleviate this problematic trend.
Or in this case: Downsize me! Inter have quietly been reducing the squad size in order to satisfy Walter Mazzarri’s wish of working with 22 or 23 players. Without Europe and the need for many young players to be given first team action in Serie A, there seems little sense in carrying an inflated squad. The likes of Stankovic, Chivu, Kuzmanovic, Alvarez and Schelotto could all be shown the door within the next few weeks and very quietly Inter are working on a mini revolution within the playing staff.
Kovacic can be Mazzarri’s Hamsik
Many see him as a regista, I don’t and it appears Walter Mazzarri might not either. A player with the talent and characteristics that Mateo Kovacic possesses should not operate in his own final third for such prolonged periods. This has been the case for the majority of his fledgling Nerazzurri career. Inter will need to buy at least one midfielder to facilitate the move but taking a gamble on Kovacic maturing into a Hamsik-type talent could be one of Mazzarri’s finest decisions.