Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez has come in for criticism due to his lack of end product in yesterday’s Serie A match against Salernitana.
Today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, gave the Chilean a score of just 5.5/10 in the player ratings for the match.
Former Arsenal, Manchester United, and Barcelona forward Sanchez got his first start in his second spell as an Inter player yesterday.
The Nerazzurri had brought the 34-year-old in on a free transfer over the summer. He replaced the out-of-form Joaquin Correa in the attacking rotations.
And Sanchez has showed plenty of sparks of his undeniable talent in some recent substitute appearances.
The veteran forward breathed life into the team as an attacking midfielder when he came on against Real Sociedad in the Champions League.
But against Salernitana, Sanchez had a bit of a different role. The Chilean played as an out-and-out forward in a front two.
And this did not seem to suit the way that Sanchez wanted to play.
Inter Forward Alexis Sanchez Criticized For Lack Of Cutting Edge Vs Salernitana
In the opening stages of yesterday’s match, Sanchez certainly looked up for it.
The 34-year-old was getting on the ball, and his technical ability allowed him to regularly run at Salernitana defenders and link the play together for Inter.
But when the ball fell to Sanchez in the penalty area, he squandered his chances.
The Chilean blazed over the bar from a good position early on.
And then, just as damningly, he was simply not much of a presence up top for Inter.
The difference when Nerazzurri captain Lautaro Martinez came onto the pitch was virtually night and day.
With the Argentine, Inter had a centre-forward who led the line and troubled the Salernitana defenders.
And unfortunately, Sanchez simply wasn’t able to provide the team with that.