Inter Milan legend Christian Vieri admits he didn’t expect summer signing Marcus Thuram to be this strong.
The Frenchman made the move from Borussia Monchengladbach on a free transfer.
Following his arrival, the 26-year-old rapidly established himself as a pillar for the club.
The former Socheaux man has already netted five strikes and created eight goals across all competitions this season.
Therefore, Thuram’s exploits caught Vieri by surprise, as the latter reveals.
“When he arrived, I wanted to watch him live. It turned out he’s good with his feet and with his head,” said the retired striker in his interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport via FcInterNews.
“He plays for the team. He goes deep and combines well with Lautaro.
“No, I didn’t expect him to be this strong. So congratulations to whoever was behind his arrival.”
The former Juventus, Lazio and AC Milan player also discussed the goal-scoring form of Inter captain Lautaro Martinez.
“Is he scoring at my rate? No, he’s scoring more. Lautaro always shifts the balance. The more goals you net, the hungrier you get.
“I remember a match against Empoli at home. I missed a penalty in the first half. In the second period, I scored three goals, but in the end, I was angry at myself, feeling that I should have bagged more.”
Christian Vieri Was Surprised By How Good Inter Milan Striker Marcus Thuram Turned Out To Be
Vieri insists that the Nerazzurri are stronger this season compared to last campaign.
But while he feels Inter are superior to Juventus, he argues that the Bianconeri know how to pick up points.
“Inter are playing great football. The anomaly lies in the points lost to Sassuolo and Bologna.
“The two-point gap with Juventus doesn’t do them justice. Maybe we should add another two to get a more realistic picture.
“But Juve doesn’t give up, and keeping up with this Inter is not easy. The Bianconeri are compact.
“But Inter are much stronger than last season. Nobody has their depth. The new signings are all potential starters. I’m talking about Pavard, Carlos Augusto, Frattesi, Sanchez and Arnautovic.”