Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi has been left with a big conundrum trying to find a new balance for the team after the loss of Ivan Perisic has had more of an effect than had been anticipated.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who note that the Croat’s departure on a free transfer at the start of the summer looks to be one of the most important factors in the team’s struggles at the start of the season.

Perisic had been arguably Inter’s outstanding player over the whole of last season, and so in this respect it is hardly surprising that his loss would be a problem.

However, the feeling was that with January signing Robin Gosens waiting in the wings and Matteo Darmian and Federico Dimarco also valid options, the team could compensate whilst strengthening in other areas.

Instead, the balance just seems to be all off, with part of the reason appearing to be that there is no consistency or certainty on the left flank, a sharp contrast from last season when Perisic started most matches and could virtually always be relied upon.

This has left coach Inzaghi not just thinking about how he can ultimately make up the difference in Perisic’s old position, but also considering how to re-tune the balance elsewhere on the pitch as the lack of Perisic’s influence has had ripple effects all over the team and in both phases of play.