Spalletti: "Perisic is our CR7." Wants the Croatian to contribute even more, especially in terms of scoring
There are important players and then there are those who are considered essential. Luciano Spalletti will never admit it but Ivan Perisic belongs to the second category. At least in this Inter, in needs of supplies for Icardi from the wing as the Inter number 9 was just too alone in the first game of the season in Reggio Emilia. It is no coincidence that with the presence of the Croatian in the second half, Inter immediately switched gear and were close to an equalizer a few times.
Due to the World Cup in Russia, Perisic only returned to Spalletti on August 10th and so it was obvious that he would debut the season on the bench. But today, it is difficult to imagine Inter against Torino without its number 44. There are incredible statistics that explain the impact of Ivan on Inter’s overall performances.
With Perisic as starter, Inter have won 48 out of 94 games in the league, or 51%. Since his arrival at Inter, the Croatian is the best assist man with 23 assists in Serie A, at least five more than any other Inter player in the same period in which he is also the player with the most appearances in the league (for outfield player): 108. Do you need more? Let’s talk about scoring which is not the first attribute of Perisic but that being said, since he arrived in Italy, only Icardi has more goals than him: 69 compared to 29 of the Croatian.
Spalletti knows the limits that Perisic has but also how valuable his qualities are to make a huge difference. “Ivan will be our Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the only one in Italy that can be compared to Ronaldo from a physical point of view. Fast and strong. He has the ability to score more goals, even with his head, he must have the desire to get close to the action inside the penalty area.”
Scoring more goals would mean climbing the ladder in terms of best goalscoring Croatians in our league. Ivan is currently fourth with 29 goals but chances are he will get to second place which is occupied by Boskic with 34 goals, one more than Kalinic but he already left Italy. Budan is far ahead with 44 but do not put limits on Inter’s Croatian. In the first year with Spalletti, Perisic scored 11 and was second most in crosses (199) behind teammate Candreva (204). These are the numbers. Are you still in doubt that Ivan isn’t essential?