Inter will face Cagliari, PSV Eindhoven and Spal before the next international break; three matches of extreme importance for Inter’s season in general. It is within the 270 minutes in question that Inter’s summer transfer market, which focused heavily on strengthening the forward line, could prove decisive, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport. In fact, Luciano Spalletti should be expected rely heavily on Matteo Politano, Keita Balde and Lautaro Martinez for the next three encounters.
Matteo Politano: is expected to start tomorrow’s game against Cagliari over Antonio Candreva, despite having failed to shine after coming off the bench to replace the latter against Fiorentina last Tuesday night. Inter manager Luciano Spalletti seems to think that it is reasonable to expect Politano to reverse that trend and get back to his not-so-old ways, seeing as the Italian winger showed great dynamism, dribbling skills and a knack for assisting his teammates from set plays in the first few matches this season.
Keita Balde: The same cannot be said for the Senegalese, who seems to be struggling to come to terms with Luciano Spalletti’s offensive play. And it’s not like Keita has not had his chance to shine. He’s come off the bench on a number of occasions and was also in the starting eleven twice this season. He played a decent match in Inter’s 3-0 away win to Bologna, but the following match against Parma was one to forget for Keita, who was subbed at half-time. And against Fiorentina last Tuesday, Luciano Spalletti could be seen yelling instructions at the Senegalese forward, seemingly unhappy with his performance.
Lutaro Martinez: is the one Inter will be expecting most goals from out of the three, following the Argentine’s incredible showing during pre-season friendlies. In a short span of time, Martinez was able to demonstrate that he could be much more than a simple back-up to Mauro Icardi at Inter. He showed some fantastic movement, great vision and some deadly, predatory instinct in front of goal, which hinted at him being Inter’s future. But Martinez wants to be Inter’s present too. He wants to be a key player, even in big matches and despite his young age. His calf injury might have taken the spot light off the youngster, but it’s now behind him and his return to the field is imminent.