Another week and another abject Inter performance. A lacklustre performance saw Inter once again limped to a draw in a game they’d hope to have won.
Now trailing Milan at the top by six points and showing little signs of a return to form, things are appearing bleak.
Here’s what we learned from Inter this week.
1) In Line With Expectations?
Inter lost Antonio Conte, Romelu Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi and Christian Eriksen last summer upon winning the Scudetto.
They replaced them with Lazio’s young promising coach, a 35 year old Edin Dzeko who scored just seven times for Roma last year in Serie A, a rough diamond in Denzel Dumfries from the Eredivise and Hakan Calhanoglu aka Mr Inconsistent.
Is it possible to argue that if we take this into account that Inter are actually doing about par for the course?
Talk around the club in the summer approaching the current season was that top 4 was the aim and that should be achieved now even if Inter fell of a cliff and these dour draws became defeats.
Certainly a discussion point worth a debate.
2) Edin Dzeko & Lautaro Martinez’s Chemistry At All Time Low
Please Simone can you give Dzeko some time off.
Flogging a 36 year old striker who has just completed a brutal schedule is simply ludicrous and it’s killing any sort of forward partnership for Inter.
LuLa was the dream so to expect Dzeko to replace Lukaku was always going to be a tall order but things simply aren’t working between them at this current moment.
Now Joaquin Correa is back fit and Inter have a vice Dzeko in Felipe Caicedo, maybe it’s time to trust Lautaro for the full match and utilise the aforementioned two alongside him.
3) Paulo Dybala? Don’t
Signing one of Juve’s best players on a free would be a signal and a coup.
Paulo Dybala is an outstanding football player and one that is clearly in the top 10 best in Serie A. At 28, he’s possibly got three to four more years of his peak left too.
However, paying him €7.5 million+ a year when he has a horrendous injury record would be ludicrous.
Now operating on a tighter budget, Inter have far more pressing areas of concern for the summer mercato and they can’t afford a repeat of Joaquin Correa in terms of paying out over the odds for an infirmary patient.
Bremer, Scamacca and Onana must be the priority and all three should cost similar in wages to Dybala’s sole wage anyway.
4) Arturo Vidal’s Flirting With Brazil Needs Making An Example Of
It seems pretty clear that Arturo Vidal won’t be an Inter player next year.
However, whilst he’s still contracted to the club, needless flirting with South American clubs needs to be avoided.
Sure Arturo is a flamboyant character and a man who’s earned the right over his illustrious career at club level to be choosey about his future but not whilst he’s being paid probably too much by his current employers.
Phasing him out over the next few weeks could send a message that this attitude won’t be tolerated.
5) Simone Inzaghi’s Honeymoon Period Well & Truly Over
Can Simone Inzaghi turn Inter’s faltering season around? Can he pick them up and get them barnstorming towards the league title?
Unproven when compared with Antonio Conte at the big boy table and faltering subs and bizarre team selections becoming a regular occurrence, have we seen the peak of Simone Inzaghi at Inter?
Sure it is unfair to question a side that for 3/4 of this campaign been faultless despite a summer of setbacks but on current form they could end up well out the title race which leads to questions being asked over such a poor attempt to retain a title they worked so hard to win.
The Derby D’Italia is next and is seriously make or break. Win and the power of that result sets the confidence levels sky high into a good run until the season ends and defeat sees Inter drop below their bitter rivals into fourth.
Has Inzaghi got it in him to pick Inter up? Time will tell after a well earned rest for some of Inter’s men.