Striker Marcus Thuram is showing that he can be decisive for Inter Milan even without getting on the scoresheet.

This is the view in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

One way or another, Thuram will eventually need to prove that he can score goals in an Inter shirt.

The Frenchman has not yet done so, either in preseason or in the Nerazzurri’s first two Serie A matches of the season.

Moreover, Thuram has not yet looked like a player with a killer instinct in the penalty area. This will surely be necessary if the former Borussia Monchengladbach man is to replicate his goalscoring exploits from recent seasons.

However, the Corriere suggests, Thuram is proving how valuable he can be in the meantime – even without goals.

Marcus Thuram Decisive For Inter Milan Even Without Goals

In Monday’s Serie A win against Cagliari, it was Thuram who assisted Denzel Dumfries for Inter’s first goal.

The 26-year-old showed great vision and weight of pass to give the Dutchman the time, space, and angle to shoot.

Then, for Inter’s second, Thuram played the “assist before the assist.” Dropping deep, the Frenchman played Federico Dimarco in, with the wingback already having space and momentum.

Then, Dimarco played the ball to Lautaro Martinez who scored.

These were the most decisive moments in which Thuram impacted the match on Monday.

But in truth, they only scratch the surface of what the Frenchman contributed.

Thuram’s instincts to drop deeper in the pitch and get involved in possession are helping to give Inter a sense of balance in possession. And his dribbling and touches of the ball in tight spaces have also been key.

Thuram isn’t just helping Inter create overloads or retain the ball, though.

As his involvement in each of the goals against Cagliari show, Thuram knows how to make his touches and passes deadly.

On Monday, Thuram was decisive on two occasions. Even without finding the back of the net.