Andre Onana looks poised to become the regular first-choice goalkeeper at Inter ahead of captain Samir Handanovic after his impressive display against Bayern Munich in the Champions League yesterday evening.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the balance is shifting towards the Cameroonian in the Nerazzurri goal after he repaid coach Simone Inzaghi’s faith in his first start for the club.
Onana was thrown straight into the first by his coach, with the 26-year-old making his first competitive appearance for the Nerazzurri in a high-pressure match against one of the strongest teams in all of Europe.
The match as a whole hardly went the way Inter will have wanted, with a 2-0 loss seeing them already chasing in their pursuit of the knockout rounds of Europe’s top competition, but the goalkeeper was virtually the player least at fault.
Onana put in an impressive display which, apart from a few nervous moments, saw him produce the saves that were needed, and if anything he kept the scoreline from getting worse for his team.
Moreover, the Cameroonian seemed to inject something into the team stylistically, with his dynamic presence behind the defense and class and composure on the ball looking like the future for Inter.
It has been a very long time since there was real competition for Handanovic for the starting spot in goal at the Nerazzurri, but now Onana is rapidly looking ready to accelerate his progress.
The plan had at one point looked to be to give the 26-year-old time to gradually find his feet and step into the designated role of long-term successor to Handanovic, but the timeline appears to have sped up greatly after his display against Bayern.