Italian pundit and former Inter and AC Milan defender Fulvio Collovati has given his thoughts on the roles to be played by important players in Inter’s upcoming seasons.

Writing in an editorial for Italian news outlet Gazzetta.it, the 64-year-old suggests that new manager Simone Inzaghi will have as an important task the clarification of the roles of his most important players.

The former centre-back uses the example of certain younger players returning from loans, suggesting that many players may have a role to play in the first team next season, they will not be key players:

“They are pawns that can enrich the squad, but we must speak clearly: to play a season at the highest level, you have to rely as much as possible on the second-choice options, not on third-choices. Guys like Agoume, Salcedo, Pirola and Venheusden may have a chance in the Coppa Italia, but I don’t think they can affect Inter’s season much. Let’s look at Pinamonti last year as an example: how many games did he play?”

For Collovati, one player who can make the step up into the first team is Federico Dimarco, making a return from a loan spell with Hellas Verona, where he impressed:

“We are talking about a starter who did very well at Verona, and can compete for the starting position at Inter as well. For the style Inzaghi plays, the player on the wing is important; for this reason, the player from Verona could be an important player.”

In contrast to fringe players of this nature, Collovati believes that the focus must be on the contributions of key players.

This means firstly making sure that the best players from the past seasons are not sold, but furthermore, bringing in adequate reinforcements, with the biggest objective being the successful replacement of Achraf Hakimi, with the Moroccan who has now completed his move to PSG being a special player who will need an equally impactful replacement.

He states:

“I hope there are no surprises when it comes to Lautaro Martinez, but we need a third striker. Lautaro will return from Copa America, and it is an aspect to consider. We need to find a profile that will give continuity in goals and performances when others are absent. Giacomo Raspadori would be fine. And he is not playing the European Championships: he would arrive fresh all in all.”

“But it depends on the financial resources. Hakimi was like Leonardo Spinazzola in these first matches at the European Championships, a big impact. He is a difficult player to replace. Finding a replacement at his level is difficult, but at least you have to try to catch someone who plays with the speed and energy he does. Hector Bellerin or Manuel Lazzari could be good solutions, even if Hakimi is on a other level.”

Of new Inter boss Simone Inzaghi he writes this:

“The best coach has been chosen among the emerging candidates, tactically he won’t change much. Some players will change, but the important thing is to continue on this path and keep the indispensable players, the backbone: I am referring to De Vrij, Brozovic, Barella, Lukaku.”