Now that the dust has settled with the closure of the transfer window, and all the moaning and groaning about Inter not flashing the cash this summer is over, I thought it would be good to analyze the comings and goings of the past weeks. A lot has been said the past few days about what Inter did, or did not do. We never replaced Balotelli, Rafa didn’t get what he wanted. Look at Milan, Juve, and Roma. Sure it would have been nice to add a sexy name to the squad but with Financial Fair Play looming, and after reading the excellent Swiss Ramble Article about Inter’s finances, I do see the logic behind being frugal. People do forget that we have a very strong squad that will still challenge for the league, and do well enough in the Champions League. Plus next summer we will be getting rid of a bit more dead weight and with the profits we made this summer reinforce the team.
We can’t talk about Inter’s transfer campaign without talking about Mario Balotelli. This is my biggest regret, what he’s shown so far tells me he is going to be world-class. He has pace, power, vision, and fantasy. He scored spectacular goals and changed games when he came on. People keep mentioning how he didn’t play in the crucial moments of last season, but they seem to forget the two seasons before that in which he was vital in helping us win those leagues. I know he was a pain in the ass but what genius footballer isn’t. Plus he came from our academy and will be essential to Italian football. I would have sold Milito way before dreaming of selling Mario. But alas.
The rest of the sales weren’t significant. We got rid of the disaster that was Quaresma to Besiktas and now all of a sudden he’s scoring goals for fun and back in the national team. His failure is all down to him to tell you the truth. He never showed anyone that he could play on big teams. I would’ve liked to keep Arnautovic especially since we sold Mario, and when he played he showed flashes. Half of Krhin was sold to Bologna to gain experience and get a bigger chance to play. I’ve seen way too little of him playing and so I hope he gets a proper shot this season. Destro was loaned out to Genoa with the right to buy half his contract. I’ve just seen a few YouTube highlights of this boy. He seems like the real deal and it seems had we kept him he would’ve gotten a chance to stay since the Balotelli sale, but he’s there now so I hope we get to see plenty of him. Donati was also loaned out to Lecce.
The great Francesco Toldo decided to retire and become a team ambassador. With him we were the luckiest team in knowing we had a top 10 goalkeeper as our backup. I don’t think any team in the world had a backup that good on their squad.
The Inter transfer campaign shows that inter is basically just stockpiling players for the future. Our biggest signing is one that won’t join till next season, Andrea Ranocchia. He looks amazing on the field and will bring life to our ageing back line. We also added a pair of 18 year olds, Marco Faraoni on a free transfer from Lazio, and Simone Benedetti from Torino to our defensive roster. These guys come with a lot of good press and will hopefully grow into the first team just when our current defensive players begin to fade out. We also got Luca Castellazzi to replace Toldo as our backup goalkeeper.
On the offensive side of the ball we got back Ludovic Jonathan Biabiany from his stint at Parma. He’s supposed to be the fastest player in Seria A and can cause problems on the counter attack with his speed. He’s young and has potential to be a good squad player if not more. If he can get his goal scoring numbers higher he can have a serious impact. The marquee signing of the summer was a player we bought two years ago but was too young for a professional contract. Philippe Coutinho is one of the hottest prospects to come out of Brazil. He’s already called up to the senior national team, and has been with us all summer training. He seems like he’s got major potential as a playmaker or second striker. A lot of people liken his style of play to Kaka. Let’s hope they are right.
So yes not the most exciting of transfer campaigns but I still have faith in the squad. I think this is a transitional year before the re-stocking starts to happen over the next two seasons. I’ll be analyzing all the players in the team in my next post followed by the main contenders study over the next few days. Stay tuned.