Achraf Hakimi will be lighting up Inter’s wing for many years to come, at least according to the Nerazzurri’s former defender Luciano Marangon.
Hakimi has largely impressed since his €45 million, including add-ons, move from Real Madrid during last summer’s transfer window.
The 22-year-old has scored six goals and provided just as many assists in 30 appearances this season for Antonio Conte’s side.
“I like Hakimi, he is a player with excellent muscular strength,” Marangon remarked in an interview with Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb.
“H will have many brilliant years ahead of him and can often be decisive.”
Marangon, who spent the final two years of his career with Inter between 1985 and 1987, then went on to share his belief that the Nerazzurri have an advantage in the race for the Serie A title due to not competing in Europe.
“Inter have only the Scudetto as an objective and have a deep squad, which allows them to aim for it.
“Without being in Europe, they have an advantage over AC Milan and Juventus.”
Marangon, who was part of Hellas Verona’s Serie A title-winning team in the 1984-85 season, proceeded to insist that given the amount of money invested, Inter can no longer afford to make mistakes.
“Conte has shown that if he has time he knows how to set up the team,” he argued.
“They have invested a lot of money and they can no longer make mistakes.
“The squad is important but in the end there are players who can almost never be replaced.”
Inter are hoping to open up a four-point gap over second-placed AC Milan with victory in Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina.
Hakimi’s battle on the wing with his former Real Madrid teammate Theo Hernandez is likely to have a crucial impact on the outcome of the game, as per a report in Gazzetta dello Sport today.