The 2010-2011 season has come to an end. Inter Milan, despite all the potential and glory from last season, really truly disappointed.
Some may cast blame on Rafa Benitez, some on the aging and often underperforming squad. Whether it was one, the other, both or neither is irrelevant at this point. While the season was not trophy-less, it was still subpar and demonstrates that changes need to happen. This is also a point where Inter can learn from their crosstown rivals.
AC Milan are undergoing a South American revolution with their recent purchases of talented Brazilian players. Between Robinho, Pato and Thiago Silva (and possibly Ganso soon) have been adding youth and flair to a Milan side which was growing stale. Inter can follow suit, but maintain the rivalry by undergoing its own revolution with Argentinians.
Argentinian success at Inter is not a secret, with the team's many famous Argentinian players having played at Inter (Zanetti, Cambiasso, Batistuta, Veron, Crespo, Milito) with much success.
So without further ado, here comes a list of 5 Argentinian players who could help bring in youth and positive change to the Nerazzurri.
Julio Cesar, who last season easily could claim best goalie in the world, is now showing extreme inconsistency, has become prone to making ridiculous mistakes and is not seeming to age gracefully. His form has been inconsistent for both club and country, so he really isn’t showing much signs of improvement. To top it off, his inconsistency has led to some seriously ridiculous howlers (Bayern Munich).
Juan Pablo Carrizo would bring in some youth, being 26, but more importantly, consistency, having played admirably with River Plate. Rumors even say he is set to be first-choice keeper at the Copa America. He would offer flexibility for now, or even could simply replace Julio Cesar.
Samuel is old and injured. Ranocchia, essentially his replacement, is disappointing beyond belief. Atrocious mistakes, horrible positioning and general timidity place him as a relative disappointment. Lucio: also youth challenged.
Federico Fazio has been consistent with Sevilla. He is a starter for the club and has performed admirably in his games against Real Madrid and Barcelona, showing strong presence and good marking. He was even set with the task of marking Messi in their latest meeting and performed admirably; and while not able to completely shut down the little genius (who can really blame him), he was able to keep tabs on him and restrict him.
Ultimately, an overall positive choice.
The midfield is a point of relative comfort right now, but a perfect place to invest in some young talent.
Erik Lamela, at only 19, has become a player who knows how to pull strings over at River Plate. Already having a clear natural playmaker's vision, he would offer a great long-term investment for Inter who could also make a difference now. He possesses dribbling prowess, great passing skill and good speed. Lamela would offer some great talent to develop now, already showing relative maturity of skills for his age.
The second Sevilla man on this list, Perotti would bring a new element to Inter. With true pace, ambidexterity and trickery, he would fulfill the wide speedy wing play which Goran Pandev has not been able to find.
He would also allow Inter some flexibility in their tactics, being able to play out a 4-3-3 with a true speedy winger (think Pedro), but he can also drop back to play as a wide midfielder in Inter’s preferred 4-4-2 diamond. His width and pace would offer fantastic depth to Inter's play. It would also bring it much more creativity to Inter’s play, which has become rather stale.
Easily the standout player of an Atletico Madrid side who has been lackluster. The man is 23 years old, yet has already been playing in Spain for five years. He has amazing diversity, able to play as a striker, second striker and on the wings, along with being gifted with both feet. He’s just as able to score a wonder goal as much as deliver an assist.
Plus, having already expressed a desire to leave Atletico Madrid, Inter would be a great destination, offering prestige and Champions League football.
Along with the new players, a new formation would be appropriate. The new players would allow for a deep-playing 4-2-1-3:
This formation would allow for a strong offensive play starting from deep with Cambiasso and Zanetti stopping any attacks before they reach the defense, with Sneijder dictating plays from the hole. The pace, skill and versatility of the front line allows for a fluid attacking line able to adapt to a defense, and in turn, torment and confuse that defense.
Ultimately, this would be a new Inter, able to play a game with the versatility and depth needed to properly take on the modern game.