Inter Milan have become overly “dependent” on Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram, with Alexis Sanchez and Marko Arnautovic not up to par.

This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

Inter made three attacking signings during the summer.

Lautaro Martinez was the only player who stayed as the team largely revamped the attack.

Out went Edin Dzeko, Romelu Lukaku, and Joaquin Correa. And in their places came Thuram, Sanchez, and Arnautovic.

Martinez was always likely to be the player who would be right at the centre of Inter’s attack.

The Argentine had, after all, inherited the captain’s armband in the summer. He had also been the Nerazzurri’s top scorer in each of the past two seasons.

And so it has proved.

Then, Thuram has been the player who has been the first-choice strike partner for Martinez.

And the Frenchman has more than proved up to the task.

But it is in the form of the other two forwards brought in that the issues have shown themselves.

Inter “Dependent” On Lautaro & Thuram As Alexis & Arnautovic Not Cutting In

There are few questions about Inter’s attacking potency with Martinez and Thuram playing together.

But naturally, the pair cannot start every match.

That is why Inter signed two other strikers during the summer transfer window.

In theory, Arnautovic and Sanchez made sense as low-cost veteran signings.

The Austrian is a physically imposing presence who’d had a good scoring record across two seasons at Bologna.

And the Chilean had already spent two seasons with Arsenal. Few would deny Sanchez’s technical quality at his best.

But neither of the two backups have really managed to make an impact that’s even close to what the first-choice starters can produce.

That was only further evidenced by yesterday’s match against Real Sociedad.