Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images
Seen as Italy's future at this position and my first potentially controversial pick, heir to Marco Materazzi's No. 23, Andrea Ranocchia should be starting next to Lucio in Inter's team to save their season.
Yes, he has been prone to mistakes in the past, but his composure and confidence have never been higher and it is time to take advantage of his potential. At 23 years old, Inter can no longer justify keeping him on the bench because at this point in his career, if he is not playing, he will not reach his potential.
This is a critical year for his career, because with enough confidence and playing time, He can finally reach the next step in his career and be considered a top Italian Center Back. Walter Samuel is a great Center Back, but Ranocchia is Italy's starting Center Back and it is time to unleash his talents. Playing alongside Lucio for another year should help his growth and justify his high expectations.
Inter's best backup at Center Back is Walter Samuel. His experience off the bench should give confidence to the rest of the team.
Cordoba and Chivu are likely to see some minutes at Center Back against weaker teams.
The most promising youngsters at this position for Inter are Luca Caldirola and Matteo Bianchetti.