A review of a crazy season where a big positive was Inter Milan signing André Onana. A move that arguably turned out to be the best transfer of the year.
FC Internazionale Milano is far from a simple club. This last season has certainly ran true to form and been absolutely pazza.
From double figure losses in the league and home defeats to the likes of Monza and Empoli to winning domestic silverware and reaching the Champions League final, Inter have given their supporters plenty to ponder and emote over.
Here are the five things that we have learned from Inter this year:
1) Simone Inzaghi’s Remarkable Comeback
Rewind back to March and Simone Inzaghi was clinging to his job by his fingernails.
A run of hopeless losses in the league saw Inter fall miles off the pace and out of the title race. Questions were being asked of his future and whether or not he was going to survive to the summer.
However, the ex-Lazio coach managed to reinvigorate his stale looking squad. He used the ammunition of retaining the Coppa Italia by doing the unthinkable: reaching the Champions League final.
A sensational end to the season saw Inter finish third, win the Coppa Italia and push Manchester City all the way in the Champions League final.
Therefore, Simone Inzaghi has proven his worth and fully deserves to have the backing of the club and fans. It is easy to forget the lack of investment that he has had compared with his predecessor.
2) Inter Milan Andre Onana Signing The Transfer Of The Season
Cameroonian shot stopper Andre Onana has been an absolutely incredible addition to Inter’s squad.
Despite Inzaghi’s constant flirtation with rotating him with Samir Handanovic, Onana has endured a brilliant start to his Inter career.
His all-round game has been magnificent and his inclusion in the starting line-up on a more regular basis coincided with Inter’s return to form.
Nevertheless, Inter Milan must stave off supposed Premier League interest this summer and keep André Onana at all costs. As unlikely as this becomes by the day.
3) Lautaro Martinez Coming Of Age
Lautaro Martinez has experienced his best year yet in football.
Winning the World Cup and domestic silverware as well as hitting twenty Serie A goals for the second consecutive season has enabled the Argentine to become established as one of the world’s best in his position.
With the departures of mercurial number 9s in the shapes of Mauro Icardi and Romelu Lukaku during his time at the club, Lautaro has had to spend his formative years holding Inter’s attack together and this year he has done it with aplomb, even captaining the side as well at times.
Another man etched into Inter folklore who would be best staying out and building a lasting legacy.
4) Federico Dimarco Establishing Himself As One Of Europe’s Best
Primavera product Federico DiMarco is fully established in Inter’s first team. And his performances in Europe this year have allowed him to become one of the continents most exciting wing backs.
His delivery from wide areas is unmatched and his energy and passion have endured him massively to the Inter faithful that he was once in the stands as a part of.
After countless loans across Italy and in Switzerland, it at one stage looked like DiMarco would never make it at Inter but he is well and truly become a vital cog in Inzaghi’s side, even keeping Robin Gosens glued to the bench.
5) Farewell Milan Skriniar
Milan Skriniar should be at Inter for the rest of his career and should be becoming club captain.
Instead he’s leaving on a free transfer to join Paris Saint Germain after a squabble over his renewal. A disappointing end to what has been a great bond.
Since his arrival in 2017 from Sampdoria, Skriniar has become a vital part of Luciano Spaletti’s, Antonio Conte’s and now Simone Inzaghi’s Inter teams.
His battling and commandeering displays have seen him strike up a strong bond with the club and its supporters. It is heartbreaking to see yet another example of modern football robbing Inter of another one of its key men.
Let us see if he can avoid the curse of the likes of Mauro Icardi, Achraf Hakimi, Romelu Lukaku and Ivan Perisic who have all left Inter and wished they hadn’t.
Do you think Milan Skriniar will regret leaving Inter Milan? Do you think he’ll return to the club on loan a la Lukaku?