Saturday June 10 2017
Give Inter youth a chance

The answer to Inter’s Financial Fair Play worries is to trust in their youth academy, writes Richard Hall.

With Luciano Spalletti having officially shaken hands with Inter, there is a temptation to think that a revolution may be on the horizon. Whilst it is true that the Suning Investment Group have arrived with substantial capital, Financial Fair Play still means that the club must operate within certain restrictions. With a squad that is packed full of talent, there is perhaps the option for Inter to draw on some youth products next year and look for evolution rather than revolution.

All the talk has been about Ivan Perisic leaving for Manchester United in the past weeks for upwards of €40m. The Croatian has been a key component of the Nerazzurri’s squad in recent years and his departure would certainly hurt their balance. This is something that has been recognised (according to Sky Italia) by the new Coach and he seems keen to keep him. Perhaps if the new ‘Mister’ can work with what he has, he may not need to cash in on the Croat.

Gabriel Barbosa saw few minutes, but earned many fans, and the reasons surrounding his absence have puzzled many. This means he has also drawn interest from other teams (especially Sevilla and Las Palmas) who are looking to loan him. The Brazilian has been accused of being unprofessional, but perhaps under a new Coach he may finally realise the talent he has shown on his brief outings. The fans would certainly be disappointed to see him leave, even if this would give more game time to Andrea Pinamonti next term.

Argentine forward Rodrigo Palacio has left the club as he is now out of contract and (if keeping Perisic is critical) the replacements for the industrious forward can be found from within. Gianluca Caprari, who was on loan at Pescara last season, would be an interesting and energetic choice, whilst the very talented Rey Manaj would also be a superb option to minimise the cost.

Another South American to move on is goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo. His performances were sub-standard to say the least in the last campaigns and his departure may also come as a blessing. This will possibly allow the much rated but rarely trusted Francesco Bardi to return from loan and take up the understudy position. Some outings in the Coppa Italia could show whether he has what it takes after loan spells at Espanyol and Frosinone left people wondering.

If Inter are looking to recoup major transfer fees this summer without losing someone crucial to the club, then they may struggle. Marcelo Brozovic is constantly linked with a move away, but his performances have left the Nerazzurri consistently scared of thinking ‘what if’, even if they should perhaps learn from the Mateo Kovacic situation. It is true that Spalletti may get a tune of this expensive but difficult instrument. Could Assane Gnoukouri perform the metronome role in midfield after his latest loan spell away instead?

For every ‘dead-wood’ element, Inter have a youthful answer who fits the untried and undervalued model they have become so synonymous with. The wage bill could be brought down hugely if they elected to dismiss some of the provenly poor and elect for their youth. Yuto Nagatomo may not get much of a transfer fee, but Federico Dimarco proved at Empoli that he is easily an equal to the Japanese full-back. Some credit could be given to Andrea Ranocchia at Hull City this term, but his wage bill and skill set would certainly be challenged by the up and coming centre-back, Yao Eloge. Finally, Jonathan Biabiany is another who played little and could be replaced by Gaston Camera (it’s only a shame that Enrico Baldini is on loan at Pisa until 2018).

It is true that Inter could in theory spend this summer, especially if they follow their method of ‘loan and buy in two years’. In reality, however, the squad is in good shape and has an experienced Coach coming in. There need to be some changes, but perhaps it would be better to keep the likes of Perisic and give some of their up and coming youth players a time to shine. They have kept faith in players who have under-performed, so why not look to youth until FFP starts to balance out?

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Have your say...
it's very hard for Inter to develop youth when inter insists on signing great players like Pereira, Schelotto, Kuzmanovic, Mudinguay, Belfodil, Gabigol, Kondogbia, Nagatomo, Jonathan, Dodo, Mvilla, Medel.....with this star filled roster if inter youth can't make the first team ahead of these guys then the truth is INTER YOUTH PRODUCTS TRULY SUCK !! by they way, all players were signed in the last 6 years :)
on the 12th June, 2017 at 2:06pm
Did the writer of this article do his research at all? or is he auditioning for the role of a writer? This is amateurish at best. Why not ask that the entire Inter Primavera replace the senior team. Most of the names you called did not even impress where they went (Gnoukuri, Baldini)This is a half baked article that should be taken off this site.
on the 12th June, 2017 at 7:48am
All of Inter's top youth should run and join Udinese, or Sassuolo so they can develop and move on to a bigger team.
on the 10th June, 2017 at 10:28pm
on the 10th June, 2017 at 7:49pm
@ Mil_Int

Tassi? Are you trolling right now? Have you followed him at all since we signed him??
on the 10th June, 2017 at 5:46pm
Pinamonti, Bardi, Dimarco and Caprari are quality players. Others that consideration should be given to include George Puscas and Lorenzo Tassi.

Shame that more time and space weren't given to Benassi and Bessa. It would be nice if they sold Perisic and were able to get both Berardi and Bernadeschi to add to what they currently have.

GK: Handanovic
DF: D'Ambrosio, Miranda, Rudiger, Dimarco
MF: Kondogbia, Gagliardini, Joao Mario
FW: Berardi, Icardi, Bernadeschi

4-3-3 by Spaletti hopefully.
on the 10th June, 2017 at 4:02pm
Inter primavera won their championship. think we should just play them next season......
on the 10th June, 2017 at 12:03pm
@Anonysmous number 2... well, tbh, its a sign of a classic Richard Hall article ;)
on the 10th June, 2017 at 11:24am
Agree with commenter above, while Caprari is certainly good, a number of other examples do not really fit the narrative. This is more of a quickly written poorly researched article.

I believe most of the fans would agree that Inter especially with a coach of Spaletti's quality shall try to push and develop its talented youth. There is a chance to field one youth player in every game with bottom 10 clubs in Serie A, without much impact on the overall game play. Loans do not always help.
on the 10th June, 2017 at 10:50am
if inter had atalanta academy than it might be worth entertaining this notion. the best players in the last 15 years that came out of the academy were from other primavera sides benassi from modena bonucci from viterbese balotelli from lumezzane santon from ravenna. acquisition is the way forward for inter at least until they improve their academy system.
on the 10th June, 2017 at 10:43am
I can't agree with those choices. You mention some interesting players, but also mention some that will most likely not be part of the team. And those would probably not even deliver anything good.
Dimarco is a good prospect as a LB, but so is Senna Miangue, whom isn't mentioned at all. And Manaj... It seems that he has a big attitude problem for such a young age. And we have Pinamonti, who is much better choice than Manaj anyday.
Gnoukouri has heart problems, so I would not count on him either.
on the 10th June, 2017 at 10:16am
this starts off in a good tone but some of the suggestions are idiotic. Gaston Camara doesnt fix anything he's barely made an impact at Serie B level. Enrico Baldini? Such a ludicrous suggestion it doesn't even dignify an answer - but I'd highlight a total of 62 minutes in Serie B all season. Assane Gnoukouri has had heart problems and hasnt played a minute on loan - yet we are suggesting he becomes one of the main Inter midfielders? This article has a good concept but awful execution.
on the 10th June, 2017 at 8:54am

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