GdS asks - Should Inter keep playing Perisic or it is time for a change?
Ivan Perisic gets annoyed when there are those who try to emphasize the difference in performance with the Inter shirt and the one with Croatia. But it is hard work not to highlight it. It is not even a question of statistics which can be seen in plain sight: only two goals this season, compared to two braces (and five assists) 12 months ago in the league. The Croatian’s performances so far are not up to the technical and physical standards that Spalletti has of him.
With Inter, Perisic is rated as a top player, at the altitude of Icardi and Skriniar. And as such, we expect consistency in performance that he has never had this season. Spalletti considers Perisic irreplaceable for his physical characteristics that make him unique on a European pitch when the kilograms and centimeters are a tangible value. That explains how Spalletti has rejected the idea of selling him two summers ago and again last July.
Perisic is not at an excellent condition because of the World Cup. That perhaps is an explanation but only partial. The point is that his unconvincing performances are beginning to stack up, too many now. The game in London shows minutes of total absence, some good defensive recoveries and three/four potential chances that were managed poorly, such as the one that he could not find Politano who could have had a one-on-one with the keeper. It is necessary to ask whether it is right to continue playing him. Or if it is time to turn to other solutions temporarily, such as a more confident, physically fit and in form Keita. Because so far, Perisic is the most used Inter forward in terms of minutes. He only missed the game against Frosinone and should be there against Roma.