Borja Valero, intelligent leader that Inter need. Here's how he plays in Spalletti's system
“Borja Valero can play anywhere in the midfield.” That was Luciano Spalletti speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport about 10 days ago explaining why the Inter coach wanted the 32 year-old at all costs. The end is here. Today, there is going to be a face-to-face meeting between the player and Fiorentina management to understand when this deal can close and at what figure. A three-year deal at three million a season is ready for the player and five million plus bonuses to the Viola. In the end, Spalletti will be able to have a player of rare intelligence, one that is very durable as well because he only missed four games in the last two seasons (two for disqualification and one for rest). He has never played in the World Cup just because in his national team, there are players like Iniesta, Xavi and Fabregas.
Low In a 4-2-3-1 that the Inter coach has in mind, the Spanish does have qualities that Spalletti really wants. The former coach of Roma wants someone that has good feet who knows how to start the action. When he arrived in Roma to replace Garcia in January 2016, he had Keita, Nainggolan and Pjanic and it was thought that the Bosnian would be used as a trequartista. Instead, Pjanic invented plays by playing low while Nainggolan pushed forward and put pressure on the opponent “regista.” In this version, Borja Valero can play next to Gagliaridni. While the Spanish is a master linking play together, he is not someone who is known for defensive skills. At this point, Spalletti should find the right balance in the defensive phase and ask attacking players to do a great sacrifice.
High This is why it is more likely that Spalletti would point to Kondogbia or whoever is going to be the new midfielder to play next to Gagliardini in order to advance Borja Valero as an abnormal trequartista. As Sousa did, but with the 3-4-2-1 where he also placed another player behind Kalinic. It is also true that the Spanish can slip back in the midfield and that would turn into a 4-3-3. But it would be unthinkable to double the work that only Nainggolan can guarantee. Also because the Belgian is a bomber, 11 goals last season, while Borja has never been one. That being said, Borja Valero remains a figure that Inter do not have, able to manage the ball, linking the plays together and more importantly, leadership. Inter have signed or are very close to sign many young players and it is crucial to mix it up with experienced ones. So, who is better than professor Borja Valero?
Source: Gazzetta dello Sport