Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi is determined to rotate between captain Samir Handanovic and new summer arrival Andre Onana in goal in order to avoid the kind of situation that arose with last season’s backup keeper Andrei Radu.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, who report that the coach is keen to avoid either of the two being left out in the cold and completely out of form in the event that they’re called upon.
Last season, Radu had made just one appearance, in a Coppa Italia round of sixteen tie against Empoli, before an unexpected back problem for Handanovic meant that the Romanian started in a must-win league match against Bologna.
The 25-year-old was quite clearly low on confidence, and it was his error in possession that saw the Rossoblu grab their winner in a 2-1 victory, effectively killing off hope of a victory and giving city rivals AC Milan the initiative in the Scudetto race.
Inzaghi saw how impactful this kind of situation can be firsthand, and is now absolutely determined to avoid it, so much so that he is ready to give both Handanovic and Onana regular football at points throughout the season and show his trust in both of them.
At the moment, the captain remains first-choice, but Onana will not be like Radu last season, called upon virtually only in case of emergency, and instead will be very actively used as a backup to Handanovic.