Goalkeeper Yann Sommer has managed to become a “wall” for Inter Milan – something that looked in doubt after a shaky summer debut.
Today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews, highlight the 34-year-old’s impressive growth since joining the Nerazzurri.
One thing that Inter expected they were getting when they signed Sommer from Bayern Munich is a safe pair of hands.
The Swiss international had proved his quality and reliability for years.
He did so for almost a decade in the Bundesliga, and also with a sequence of outstanding performances for the Swiss national team.
But that’s not quite what Sommer looked like in his first ever appearance in an Inter shirt.
The Nerazzurri got their first ever taste of the Swiss in goal in a friendly match against Red Bull Salzburg in preseason.
And in truth, it was not exactly the most inspiring of debuts for Sommer.
Yann Sommer Becomes A “Wall” For Inter
Whether it was a bit of nerves getting to the goalkeeper or some other factor, Sommer didn’t quite look himself against Salzburg.
It may have just been a friendly match.
But Inter fans will not have been very happy with the sight of the man who was replacing the imperious presence of Andre Onana looking a bit error-prone and shaky.
But what the Nerazzurri will be quite content to see is Sommer’s performance ever since then.
The Swiss international has been one of the Nerazzurri’s outstanding performers throughout the season so far.
Sommer’s excellent saves have had a major role to play in Inter topping the table after fourteen matches played.
And the 34-year-old continued to show that with his performance against Napoli over the weekend.
Maybe Sommer just had a few nerves he needed to get out of his system in August.
Or perhaps the former Bayern keeper simply hadn’t quite settled in and made the adjustment.
But now, Sommer looks like a different keeper – and Inter are certainly reaping the benefits.