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  • 10 - Legend. One of the absolute best players in the history of the game (think Meazza, Matthäus)

    55 15.03%
  • 9 - Icon. One of the best players in club history, and one of the best players in the world

    91 24.86%
  • 8 - Great. A player of high quality that adds a lot to the team, one of the best in the league

    144 39.34%
  • 7 - Good. A valuble asset to the team, one of the 10-15 best in his position in the league

    53 14.48%
  • 6 - Above average. Useful player, but will never be a key player for a team

    6 1.64%
  • 5 - Average. Completely average player. Does his job, but doesn't stand out

    5 1.37%
  • 4 - Below average. Not a disaster, but would be better if we didn't sign him in the first place

    1 0.27%
  • 3 - Anonymous. Will never be remembered due to the fact nobody expected anything from him

    1 0.27%
  • 2 - Useless. Adds nothing of value, detrimental to the team when on the pitch

    1 0.27%
  • 1 - Infamous. Awful signing, will go down in history as one of the shittiest Inter players ever

    9 2.46%
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Thread: Mateo Kovačić

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wings View Post
    I think you're misremembering...most people were not happy at all. Especially because we sold our only other creative player in Shaqiri at the time as well.
    I never said happy, but not angry either.

    As I remember, the main issue was that as you said, we sold the only player who had some creative mind, and were left with DMs + hernanes lol. Another crap thing was the timing, he played in pre season, our management claimed he is our future, just to sell him at the end of the transfer window, WITHOUT buying proper replacement. And people complaining about this were right. And of course, he was fan favorite, so many were sad to see him go. The whining mostly wasnt about Kova, or the transfer itself, but the management acting without a plan.

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    Shaqiri? He didnt do anything. Nobody cared when he left. Kovacic was hot and cold, more cold than anything. Once in a blue moon he played decent and when he was sold a big part of the forum was actually relieved. He didnt light it up in his time after us, on the contrary. Seems like he gets offloaded everywhere he lands. Enough said imo. I dont understand how people can defend this move. The biggest problem was his position. He didnt have any. He was basically build as an AM but with no idea how to play in the AM position. He got put farther back and was to inefficient to make a difference. He is an okay player at best tbh

    If he comes to strenthen our bench im not against it but if people expect him to boss the league they got another thing coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    Will he improve? I don't know, but seeing how he frequently got benched by Barkley we could say that he's maybe reached his ceiling.
    He never got benched by Barkley. Sarri rotated them with Kova handed more minutes because he offered more consistency in terms of pressing, passing and possession. Barkley offered a more offensive threat (shooting primarily) and directness. Kova was played out of position while Barkley wasnt good enough to start. Hence the rotation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doffy View Post
    The biggest problem was his position. He didnt have any. He was basically build as an AM but with no idea how to play in the AM position.
    He was always touted to be a regista, it's just that he was far too young and inexperienced to play the role. His vision is lacking also which affects his range but how many registas playing for top european side peak at 22-25?
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    Hope we can get him in. Don't understand the hate, he's a proper midfielder.

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    out : Valero, Vecino, Mario, Gagliardini.

    In : Barella, Sensi, Kovacic, SMS. + Nainggolan-Brozovic

    that's a good and reliable line up of midfield.
    shape of inter to come

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    That would be a hell of an upgrade but I don’t think it’s realistic sadly. Too much change for one summer. I think Kovacic is only possible if it’s instead of SMS or if N9 leaves.

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    It's not unrealistic really. It could be achieved, but I don't think this midfield is still good enough. There still isn't a good free kick specialist in there. And neither are the forwards/wingers that we are linked to especially good for it.
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    At this rate our midfield next season will be the exact same shitters as last season + Sensi.
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    That midfield would be the best in serie a and is virtually unattainable. Kovacic/sensi/radja coming off the bench we would destroy everyone.

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    I like SMS a lot, but that would still mean we don't have a designated free kick taker. Is that why we wanted to buy Kolarov?
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    Bad news for those who wanted Kovacic back at Inter. According to Sky, Chelsea will sign him permanently for 50m.
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    I am definitely NOT one of those people but why in the fuck would Chelsea do that?
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    For 50M Euro they can have him. Yeesh, I like me some Kova but I can't imagine he's worth that price but, well, I'm not gonna tell Chelsea how to spend their money.

    Not sure how he'll be registered for competition next season given the transfer embargo, though. Is there a work-around if they sign him before July 1 and, technically, he never leaves their books?

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    If he didn't have a short stint at Inter almost no one here would want him; definitely not for that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Universe View Post
    I am definitely NOT one of those people but why in the fuck would Chelsea do that?
    According to cfans, Kovacic is likely the only player they can sign because of the ban (and Higuain lul). So they just have to.

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    A mature Kova would be Serie A's best midfielder. He is perfect for it.

    Really upset we couldn't get him.


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    I disagree on that. Also, how long would we wait for him to be mature? It's not as if he's that young. Fabian Ruiz is younger and currently a better player. Also, it would take him quite some time to be at Pjanic's level.

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    Depends what maturity means, if it’s taking the current set of skills increasing it slightly and reducing the amount of mistakes, then it’s insufficient.

    If it’s expanding on a set of skill set that is not part of his current skill set, then maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Universe View Post
    I am definitely NOT one of those people but why in the fuck would Chelsea do that?
    They have transfer ban and they can only sign Kovacic as he was already registered as Chelsea player last season.

    Going by how he played it's a poor deal for Chelsea. He lost his place to Loftus Cheek and Chelsea have some good midfield talents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snake View Post
    A mature Kova would be Serie A's best midfielder. He is perfect for it.

    Really upset we couldn't get him.
    With the exception of the old guard, Yung Kova was easily my favorite r̶a̶p̶p̶e̶r̶ player during our banter years but he wasn't mature then and IMO still hasn't matured.

    There is a total of approx. 3,420 possible league minutes per season. Since leaving Inter, Kovacic has played just 5,450 total league minutes of a possible 13,700 minutes over 4 seasons. That's an average of just 1,360 league minutes per season in the past 4 years. In fact, the last time he even played over 2,500 minutes i.e. 3 quarters of a season, it was here at Inter in 2014/15, literally 5 years ago.

    I don't think that's enough game time to develop to ones full potential. Especially in that crucial foundation age and in a role as cerebral as Kovacic's.

    Of course hindsight is always 20/20. We were never going to win shit in the banter era anyway. Our club was in a complete mess, restricted financially and wasting what little money we had on mediocre players like Medel and Kondogbia. I blame the management for not having the foresight to better manage our rebuilding phase and instead going for the quick fix every year, and imploding as a result. Even if he wasn't "ready", Kovacic should've developed here. He should've been trusted as a key foundation stone of our rebuilding phase but instead we sold him off looking for another (failed) shortcut back to the top.

    Ironically, it's actually Brozovic who very loosely "succeeded" to fulfill this destiny to some extent Like Kovacic, Brozovic was bought for cheap during the banter years as a young player with potential. Despite his enormous ups and downs, with some luck, he managed to develop into a very good midfielder and emerge from the banter era a truly important player in our top 4 and CL squad. It wasn't pretty, but we/he made it happen. This is what I wanted for Kovacic - grow through the dark years and come out the fire as a developed key player.

    Regardless though, Kovacic sitting on the bench for literally 60% of the season, for four consecutive seasons has severely stunted his development. I think this is plain to see when you watch him play. He looks every bit as naive as he was when he was a 20 year old at Inter. It's sad, and yea, we made mistakes but it is what it is. I don't think he's worth bringing back and I think the idea of Chelsea buying him out for €50m is laughable.
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    The question is what will he add? I don't think Kova has ever found his actual role, and with Sensi and Brozo playing the regista role I don't see any space for him.
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