The alternating between Samir Handanovic and Andre Onana in Inter’s goal could well prove to be the rare instance in which rotating between goalkeepers throughout a season works out for a team.
This is the view of Italian news outlet Repubblica.it, who suggest that there are signs that the Nerazzurri will be able to get the best out of both keepers without having to settle on one as the primary option in goal.
Handanovic and Onana are different keepers with different styles and personalities, and so the thinking of many is that a failure to make a decisive decision in favour of one or the other could lead to some confusion and insecurity in the team and lower both keepers’ confidence.
This was believed to be the case for Napoli in past seasons when both David Ospina and Alex Meret were handed significant playing time, though it wouldn’t necessarily have to be the case for the Nerazzurri.
However, Inter coach Simone Inzaghi does seem to genuinely believe that rotation between the pair can work as an idea, and early signs are that each of the two has given the team different attributes needed for different matches, and the competition has caused them to step up their games.