New Inter manager Simone Inzaghi and summer signing Hakan Calhanoglu already appear to have a great understanding with one another, and the club are benefiting on the pitch.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the midfielder has been assigned a role which suits his natural characteristics, and that this allows him to heavily affect the game.
Calhanoglu was brought in as a free agent following the expiration of his contract with city rivals AC Milan, and the 27-year-old’s decision was partly based on the persuasion of Inzaghi, who wanted him as a part of his new Inter project and personally called the midfielder to explain his vision.
Against Genoa in the Nerazzurri’s Serie A opener, the Turk was given the responsibility to pick up positions where he could affect the game the most, which included interchanging on the pitch with attacking midfielder Stefano Sensi who was playing behind striker Edin Dzeko.
Under Inzaghi, Calhanoglu starts off in the centre-left midfield position, but he is free to move into positions to facilitate in the final third with his passing, provide assists, and finish off moves, as possession progresses.
This was seen against the Griffone on the weekend, where the midfielder provided both an assist from a set piece, and scored a debut goal.