Marcelo "Mr. Inconsistency" Brozovic must play at least 30 great games per season... not just 10
Modric did not arrive, neither did Vidal and Rafinha was not redeemed. And so now it is up to Spalletti – who prefers Keita to the Chilean – to find the pivot in the midfield.
“Brozovic was the headlight of the team in the final phase of last year: positioned as a director, the Croatian became the reference point of everything, linking up the defense and attack, and was able to drag Inter to fourth place and consequently a Champions League spot as well as the World Cup final with his home country.
“When the league started, Brozovic did not show that he was at top condition against Sassuolo, did well in first half versus Torino just like the rest of his teammates but then everyone fell flat in the second. It is clear that Spalletti must bring Brozovic back to the level that he was in last spring. But most importantly, the player must turn himself into a more consistent player, one that guarantees at least 30 games of high level and not like… 10.
“Once the initial phase of action is fixed, then it will be up to Nainggolan to make his contribution from the midfield forward. The Belgian has not played so far as he was hurt on July 18th and he still does not have a minute played together with Brozovic in a friendly or an official match. Nainggolan – now recovered and ready to debut on Saturday in Bologna – is the attacking trequartista that Inter missed last season. He is the player that can fill the spaces behind Icardi and can bring more scoring to the team, something that the midfield has failed to guarantee. Nainggolan will also bring his personality, character and toughness to encourage his teammates in moments of difficulty as happened in the second half against Torino.”