Inter Milan could face a real problem in the striker position over the second half of the season across multiple competitions.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Over the first half of the season, Inter have had no problems in terms of their first-choice strike partnership.
The duo of Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram have been in blazing form, virtually all season long.
But that situation behind that pair is very, very different.
Marko Arnautovic and Alexis Sanchez have yet to make much of an impact.
There have been good moments from the pair, but these have been isolated. Arnautovic had been in good form in recent weeks, but that came to a screeching halt against Hellas Verona.
And Sanchez, though he has certainly made an impact in the Champions League, has provided little in Serie A.
Striker Situation Becoming A Problem For Inter
So far, the situation with Inter’s strike partnership has not been a problem in terms of Inter’s league form.
The Nerazzurri have managed to amass a whopping 48 points in their first nineteen league matches.
The goals, and overall play, of Martinez and Thuram have been key to the Nerazzurri maintaining that level.
But there remains the fact that both of the two have been fit almost the whole way.
That could change over the second half of the campaign.
Martinez had a muscle injury scare that caused the Argentine to miss the team’s two most recent matches.
And even if Martinez and Thuram do stay fit, they may not be at their best in terms of form.
The team have not just Serie A. There is also the Supercoppa Italiana and Champions League to come – knockout matches against top-quality opposition.
So there is every chance that the team’s ability to rotate in attack and get the best out of their backup strikers will be put to a much sterner test over the second half of the campaign.