From Marcus Thuram to Hakan Calhanoglu, Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi has shown a great track record of improving players.
Today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews, highlight the success of some of the 47-year-old’s “projects” in the Nerazzurri squad.
Inzaghi inherited a strong Inter squad when he took over from Antonio Conte.
But even in the former Lazio coach’s first season, key players started to depart.
The likes of Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku left for mammoth fees. And Christian Eriksen also had to depart for health-related reasons.
The likes of Ivan Perisic, Milan Skriniar, Samir Handanovic, Andre Onana, and Lukaku a second time have followed those big-name exits.
And typically, Inter have not brought in “ready-made” replacements.
In cases like Edin Dzeko, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, or Benjamin Pavard, Inter replaced key players with players who had already shown themselves to be top-level.
But these have been the exception more than the rule.
Mostly, Inter have tasked their coach with bringing out the potential in players. And he has delivered in that respect.
From Calhanoglu To Thuram – Inzaghi Improves Players At Inter
In Inzaghi’s first summer in charge at the San Siro, the coach had to contend with the unexpected loss of Christian Eriksen.
To replace the Dane, Inzaghi pushed for the signing of midfielder Calhanoglu.
The Turk arrived on a free transfer from AC Milan.
And Calhanoglu has gone on to improve significantly from his tenure with the Rossoneri.
Inzaghi has brought out a more defensive side to the 29-year-old’s game. And made him indispensable in Inter’s buildup at the heart of midfield.
Meanwhile, striker Thuram arrived in the summer, also on a free transfer.
Few would deny the Frenchman’s ability.
But when Thuram signed, he was not yet used to playing as a centre-forward.
Therefore, there were questions about how the 26-year-old would fit into Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 formation.
Both Inzaghi and Thuram have answered those questions though. The coach has really gotten the best out of the summer arrival as an out-and-out striker.
Then there’s Federico Dimarco.
Inzaghi has refined the Italian international, who came through Inter’s youth academy, into an absolutely top-level option playing on the wing.