TRANSFER MARKET GUARANTEE - The new signings are already working and Lautaro Martinez is the best of them all
THE NEWCOMERS ADVANCE FORWARD
- From Lautaro to Asamoah, the transfer market is a guarantee of Inter.
- The new signings are working: the number 10 is the best, De Vrij is starting to turn things around and when Nainggolan is available…
The new signings have already been integrated in this Inter team faster than expected. Lautaro Martinez, Asamoah, Politano and De Vrij have conquered the Nerazzurri. On Saturday night, in Nice, we saw new steps forward (especially in the second half) and so far in this preseason, the new arrivals of Inter have given Spalletti more answers than questions.
The front page of this summer is Lautaro Martinez, the only one that lacks European experience but he has adapted very well and is already at ease with the Inter shirt. Against Chelsea, it was expected that he would play with Icardi from the start but the two only spent time together for the first 20 minutes of second half.
No problem, the strength of Il Toro was seen anyway: as a trequartista behind Mauro (with whom, understanding between the two is natural) or as a central forward in solitary, he always knows what to do. In Nice, Lautaro again confirmed that his other positive performances this preseason are no fluke. The Argentinian number 10 was just a finger tip away (of goalkeeper Caballero on the 91st minute) from scoring his third goal of the summer.
The former Racing club crawls and growls at the opponents, makes the right movements, defends the ball, and is so natural in front of the goal. And as Luciano Spalletti said at the end of the game, Latuaro also made sacrifices for the team, especially his phenomenal work to "turn off the lights" on Jorginho. So much talent, in short. Also as revealed by the Inter coach, the almost-21-year-old “is a tough kid who does not go around problems, he faces them head on.”
GHANAIAN - One that solves problems is Kwadwo Asamoah, or rather his experience. The 29-year-old from Ghana, who in recent years had become a reserve of luxury at Juventus for coach Max Allegri, is everywhere on the field for Inter to give strength using his muscles, to give substance using his ability and versatility, to give relentlessness by using his lungs. Spalletti really wanted him and so far after five games, Asamoah has always proven that his coach is right: as a left back or as a midfielder to shield the defense, he is a guarantee, a safe that will not betray Inter. And when the ball is between his feet, as Spalletti said, “he does not get burned.”
WINGER - Matteo Politano returned to action in Nice after taking one game off due to muscle fatigue and so far, he has been more interesting out wide rather than as a trequartista. Inter need the change of pace of the 24-year-old Roman, as well as his ability to enter the defenses and surprise them. For however many minutes that he was behind Icardi, Politano was a bit awkward and “rehearsed,” much better on the right wing where he has speed and can support the Inter attack that way. Last season at Sassuolo, Politano was very dangerous. There was a chance for him to score against Sarri but he badly wasted that opportunity. Luciano Spalletti is waiting for his goals because they will not only be important but essential for Inter in the Champions League.
DUTCH AND RADJA - Stefan De Vrij has also taken a nice step forward. the muscles of the 26-year-old are starting to be useful and for him, every minute spent together with Milan Skriniar in the defense is needed for them to build chemistry as well as to refine movements, to know the secrets of each other. And then there is always Radja Nainggolan, who has only played 100 minutes so far this preseason. The former Roma midfielder joined the team for the game in Nice and is recovering after injury suffered at Sion. He still has a large tape on his right thigh and it is almost impossible to return on Saturday in Lecce against Lyon, more likely on August 11 versus Atletico Madrid. That will only be a week before the start of the season. Spalletti needs him and cannot wait to have him back in the starting lineup.