Wingback Denzel Dumfries has received a bit of criticism for a tired-looking performance for Inter Milan against Frosinone yesterday.
As L’Interista highlight, the player ratings for the match across Italian media give a very middling appraisal to the Dutch international.
Dumfries started yesterday’s match, having sat out the midweek clash with Red Bull Salzburg.
Some muscle fatigue was reportedly the reason why the 27-year-old didn’t play in the Champions League.
But evidently Dumfries was deemed to be fit enough to start against Frosinone.
The former PSV wingback has proven to be a very potent weapon for Inter this season.
Dumfries has been a regular source of both goals and assists.
And going in the other direction, Inter can usually rely on the Dutchman for dogged defensive displays.
But it would be hard to see why either was the case based on yesterday’s performance.
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The consensus in Italian media was that whilst Dumfries may have been fit enough to start, he was not at his best yesterday.
Frosinone changed to a 3-4-3 shape in order to advance their wingbacks higher up the pitch in a direct duel with Inter’s wide players.
This pitted Dumfries in a head-to-head battle with Giallazurri wingback Antony Oyono.
And it was the Gabonese international who got the better of that duel.
Dumfries looked to be struggling physically at times as he tried to outpace his opposite number.
This meant that Oyono was able to push the Inter wingback back and stretch the pitch. And it restricted the degree to which Dumfries could get forward and impact the game in and around the penalty area.
That is usually the 27-year-old’s strong suit. But he looked out of sorts this time around.
Then when Dumfries did get forward he lacked composure – missing a good chance to score with a poor header.
Right around the hour mark, Inter coach Simone Inzaghi hooked Dumfries. Matteo Darmian pushed up to play at wingback in his place.
And in the view of Italian media, it was not hard to see why.
The Dutchman simply did not look at the races, and probably needed the rest.