Inter Milan Transfers: Give Beñat a Chance at the San Siro
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5. Beñat Is a Midfield Maestro
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Beñat is Real Betis' answer to Riccardo Montolivo.
The Spaniard masterminds Betis' attacks, he orchestrates the tempo of how the team plays, and his football IQ is as high as Esteban Cambiasso's.
4. Inter Milan's Midfield Lacks Incisive Passing
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Beñat's creativity will help Inter Milan because threading incisive passes is second nature to him.
Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti do so much more than just create shots, which is why Inter needs Beñat.
If Dejan Stanković stays at the club, he should only be a squad player because he's in decline.
Signing Fredy Guarín for €11 million is bizarre because he isn't a prolific ball-winner, nor is he a deep-lying playmaker.
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* Prerequisite: played 15 league games or more in centre midfield. Guarín only played six.
3. Beñat More Than Just a Playmaker
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What makes Beñat an attractive transfer prospect is that he's an all-round midfielder.
He's not like Javi Fuego, who offers nothing from an attacking perspective. Yet at the same time, Beñat isn't a defensive liability like Shinji Kagawa.
In a 2-2 draw against Barcelona, Beñat completed three tackles and intercepted four passes. He made five tackles in a 3-2 loss to Real Madrid, and four tackles and four interceptions in a 2-1 win over Valencia.
These are the top three teams in La Liga and Beñat did not shy away.
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* Prerequisite: played 15 league games or more in centre midfield. Fredy Guarín only played six.
2. Beñat's Potential
Yes, Beñat wasn't selected for Euro 2012, but look at it from a glass-half-full perspective—he plays for Real Betis yet managed to start a friendly for Spain.
In a 4-1 win over South Korea, he gave Kim Do-Heon and Koo Ja-Cheol a footballing lesson.
Beñat also conjured up some fantastic passes, including a world-class cross for Fernando Torres to score.
If Beñat is given an extended run as a starter whilst being surrounded by quality players, he'll become an elite midfielder.
1. Fitting Beñat into Inter Milan's Starting XI
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There are so many problems with this current Inter Milan starting XI.
Andrea Ranocchia was dreadful last season, and he switches off at the most inopportune moments. Matías Silvestre would be a decent upgrade, but Davide Astori is the most logical transfer target.
Maicon needs to be sold because he is overpaid and over the hill. Mathieu Debuchy is the obvious replacement, but he seems headed to the Premier League.
Javier Zanetti does a better job at left-back than Yuto Nagatomo, who has a habit of getting caught out of position.
Fredy Guarín needs to justify his €11 million with a dominant season.
Andrea Stramaccioni would have a combative and formidable midfield triangle of Beñat, Guarín and Esteban Cambiasso.
Wesley Sneijder needs to stay fit; if he doesn't, then Ricardo Álvarez needs to be more consistent.
What about Philippe Coutinho? If Inter don't plan to start him from day one, they should sell the Brazilian, whose stock is high after some dazzling performances for Espanyol.
Spare a thought for Beñat's teammate Miki Roqué, who lost his life to pelvic cancer at the age of 23.